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April is National Pet Month: What Are the Benefits of Having a Pet?

A fuzzy, fun loving dog. A snuggly, purring cat. Colorful fish in a tank. No matter what kind of pet your aging relative has, this is the month to celebrate them. April is National Pet Month, a time to reflect on how good it is to have a pet. You might be aware that your family member’s pet makes them happy, but did you know there are many more benefits to owning a pet than just happiness?

Below are just a few of the benefits of your senior relative sharing their home with a pet.

Senior Care Mooresville NC - April is National Pet Month: What Are the Benefits of Having a Pet?

Senior Care Mooresville NC – April is National Pet Month: What Are the Benefits of Having a Pet?

Stress and Anxiety Reduction

Studies have shown that pets are even better at reducing stress than having another family member around. This may be especially true for seniors who have dementia or Alzheimer’s. Research indicates that people with dementia who have a pet in their home have less instances of outbursts caused by anxiety. Not only do pets help the senior with dementia, but their caregivers also report feeling less stressed.

Exercise and Social Interaction

Taking a dog for a walk is a great way for an older adult to remain physically active. Needing to walk a dog gives them a reason to walk, making it more likely that they will continue to be active. The dog provides companionship during the walk. Also, walking with a dog increases the chances the older adult will interact with other people since they may ask to pet the dog.

Better Cardiovascular Health

People with cats are 30 percent lower chance of having a heart attack and a 40 percent less chance of having a stroke. Having a dog can help a person to recover from a heart attack and makes them much more likely to still be alive in a year. Also, pet owners have lower cholesterol and triglyceride levels than people who don’t own a pet.

Less Chronic Pain

Pets are a great way for people who suffer from migraines or arthritis to reduce the amount of pain they experience. One of the ways they reduce pain is by lowering anxiety levels, which results in less pain. Studies have even shown that people who receive pet therapy after a surgery use less pain medication.

Having a pet is a great joy, but it also comes with many responsibilities. Senior care can assist older adults to care for their pets. A senior care provider can feed and water the pet. Senior care providers can also go for walks with seniors and their dogs so that both can get some exercise. When it is time for the pet to see a veterinarian, a senior care provider can drive them both to the appointment.


If you or an aging loved one are considering hiring professional Senior Care Services in Mooresville NC, please call the caring staff at BlueDot Cares today, (704) 586-9248.

Kevin Bilderback

CEO and President at BlueDot Cares
Kevin Bilderback, CEO and President of the BlueDot family of companies, founded BlueDot’s first healthcare company, BlueDot Medical, in 2002.Since then, BlueDot has become one of the fastest growing companies in America and has made Inc. Magazine’s list of fastest growing companies five times ( attributes the growth to hiring amazing people who provide great care and inspire independence in the home.

Kevin’s passion to inspire independence has helped over 40,000 local families regain independence in the home.It was through helping these families that Kevin identified a gaping hole in the health care sector.People want to recover and age at home and current in-home care options make it hard and inefficient to do so.Families have to piece together providers for the needs of their loved ones.

Kevin founded BlueDot Cares to fix this challenge for families.BlueDot’s family of companies provides a synergy of care allowing loved ones to recover or age where they want to – at home.Families can feel comfort that their loved ones not only have the most supportive and best caregivers; but also, they will have the equipment they need to remain safe at home.

BlueDot has grown over the years because Kevin truly cares, the employees care, the referring physicians care, the current clients that refer friends and family to BlueDot CARE!BlueDot is part of the community and is honored to show the community that BlueDot cares through a corporate initiative.For every new BlueDot Cares client, a bed will be purchased for a child in need in the community.

BlueDot cares and will inspire in more ways than one!

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