There’s a lot of information out there that you could use to come up with your decision about whether or not dog ownership is right for you. If you can’t afford to take care of your pet on a long term basis, it might be a good idea to try out some of the pet adoption services out there. If, however, you have the financial means and the willingness to devote time and energy towards making sure your new pet is happy and healthy, then dog ownership might be the right choice for you. Here are a few things to consider when you’re deciding.
There’s some evidence to suggest that adopting a pet can improve PA among elderly adults (though to date, most studies examining this, haven’t focused on just this), but to date, studies focusing on this, have relied on self-reported or incomplete data because of the sort of activity monitor employed in order to record activity. As such, the results vary depending on how they were conducted. For example, if a person is participating in an exercise class or doing some other form of physical activity, they’re going to have more activity than if they’re simply sitting in the house watching television. This means you need to carefully evaluate your situation. If you live alone and don’t have an outdoor workout space, then dog ownership is probably not going to be a good fit for you. Even if you do have an outdoor workout area, you still need to make sure that you can properly take care of your pet, otherwise it might be a better choice.
You’ll also need to think about the long term. It’s possible to adopt an older pet that will turn into a beloved member of the family, even if you don’t have an outdoor workout area or any opportunity to play with the dog. In some cases, people end up adopting a dog because their previous pet died or became seriously ill. If this is the case, it’s important to check with the local animal shelter or a local veterinarian to determine what kind of vet the animal has been taking. In cases where the animal had to be put to sleep, make sure that you can commit to some reasonable vet care to help keep the animal healthy in its final years.