4 Reasons Pets Are Great for Seniors

Senior with dog, Ambro, freedigitalphotos.netThere’s no doubt that pets have a positive impact on their owner’s lives. They provide companionship, loyalty, and unconditional love. They teach children empathy and care giving skills, and always greet their families with a wagging tail. Not only that, but scientific evidence has begun to prove what many pet owners have known for years: There are tangible health benefits to owning a pet, especially for senior citizens in the Triangle area.

Paws in the City knows that owning a pet helps seniors live longer, healthier, and happier lives. Here’s how:

  • Pets help seniors stay active: Pets require care and attention, including feeding, grooming, and exercising. Seniors with pets are more likely to take part in activities that they normally wouldn’t (like walking around the block or visiting a dog park).
  • Pets can provide a sense of purpose: Pets rely on their owners for almost all aspects of their care. They can help seniors establish a daily routine, giving them an added sense of purpose and heightening self-esteem.
  • Pets provide companionship: As people age, they tend to spend more time at home, and sometimes, more time alone. A pet can help reduce loneliness and fight off depression and anxiety; common conditions in elderly folks who may not get out as much as they used to on a daily basis.
  • Pets are heart-healthy: Studies have shown that senior who own pets enjoy lower blood pressure and cholesterol levels than non-pet owners. This can lower the risk of heart disease or coronary events, and reduce the number of visits to the doctor.

Seniors aren’t the only ones who benefit from adopting a pet—the pets do too! Older owners are more likely to be retired, leaving them plenty of time to devote to a pet that may have previously been unwanted. To facilitate senior-pet connections, Paws in the City has become a proud member of the Senior Citizen Discount Card Program, offering special discounts to seniors 60 years and older.

Intrigued about the benefits of adopting a pet later in life? Stop in to Paws in the City today to find out how simple it can be to nurture a new companion. We offer a wide variety of natural, organic, and holistic products to meet all of your pet care needs.


This blog post about pet care and nutrition is brought to you by Paws in the City, located in Tryon Village, Cary North Carolina. We are your locally owned small business that offers holistic and natural foods and treats for your cat and dog. Sign up for our Loyalty/ Rewards Program and feel free to contact us at any time.

Paws in the City

1105 Tryon Village Drive

Suite 303

Cary NC, 27518

919 851 5853


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