On any given day, Orange County Animal Services (OCAS) accepts dozens of dogs and cats in need of a home. Some studies even find that the more attached an elderly person is to their pet, the more depressed they are. This could very well be a correlation, not causation, but it is something to consider if you are prone to depression or mental illness. Some doctors studying seniors and their pets believe that the death of an animal can affect an elderly person’s depression in a more severe way. Life can be isolating as you age, and the death of pet could add to this stress. Other studies have found that if you have a strong social network, having a pet makes no difference in your happiness level. These opposing studies create conflicting views on the subject, so it is wise to just do what’s best for you.
If you know you want a pet, but aren’t sure which would be best for you, this guide can help. The perfect pet will be unique to you and finding it can be a fun and rewarding experience. Hundreds of people have told me their stories of about how they came to own their pets, and how they have changed their lives for the better. Passionately expressing their feelings of love and devotion, they speak of their pets as if they were members of the family – and for all intents and purposes, they truly are.
The word “pet” evokes images of cats curled up on laps, loyal dogs fetching sticks and furry rodents running on wheels. Even with the occasional bird, reptile or arachnid mixed in, pets are pretty predictable for the most part. But as the popularity of exotic pets grows, more animal lovers are legally welcoming formerly wild creatures … Read moreRead More →