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Cheryl Turner

Cheryl Turner

“I don’t even know where to begin. First of all, the vet that we were seeing in Mesquite was not as attentive, nor friendly enough to ask questions about our pet. We care and love our Westie as most owners do. We only want the best care for her.

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Nancy Lenox

Nancy Lenox

“The location of Pet Doctor is very convenient. It has easy access, great parking and wonderful decor. It is also one-stop shopping done with care and concern. When my brother passed away one of the staff members sent me a condolence card. It was a

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Ingrid Parnell

Ingrid Parnell

“Dr. Webb and his staff are wonderful! I totally feel like we have a relationship and that I’m not just another customer. They are compassionate about my pets, friendly - even when the office is booming with ‘patients’ and they always take to

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Juanitya V. Seitzler

Juanitya V. Seitzler

“Something strange is going on! Every time I walk out of my laundry room into the garage to retrieve something from my car, my dog, B.J., always tries to jump in the car. It is strange because the only time she gets to ride in my car is when we com

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The Vitanza Family

The Vitanza Family

“Over the past few years, I have needed the use of veterinary services more than ever due to pet illnesses and adoptions. After shopping around, I firmly chose Pet Doctor and Dr. Webb. I highly recommend them to everyone I know. Pet Doctor offers e

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Lori Arentz

Lori Arentz

“Dr. Webb and his staff are very personal. They not only know our names but our names too. Dr. Webb is very affordable and always stays up to date with things. The clinic is always clean and they make it easy for pick up and drop off. The dogs don'

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Gale Larran

Gale Larran

“I had just moved to Texas from California in February of 2007 and had taken Ginger to several different Vets before I left. After blood, stool and urine test the doctors still could not narrow down what was really wrong with her. When she had anot

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Timber and Scott Killion

Timber and Scott Killion

“Dr. Webb and his staff are truly committed to Exceptional Healthcare. Pet Doctor provides quality clinical care and compassion to their patients. We know that when our furry family members visit Dr. Webb, we can trust his knowledge and guidance. I

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Sheridan S. Jones

Sheridan S. Jones

“On each scheduled appointment I was able to get in and out and everyone knows how important that is with busy schedules. I have been very pleased with the quality care and reasonable pricing. I am very impressed with the email reminders and discou

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12
Dec

Pets Benefit The Elderly Says Veterinary Hospital Rockwall

Pets can really add to a person’s life. Whether you are young or old, a pet will become a trusted companion, give you a reason to get up in the morning, and be a source of never ending entertainment. Even people who profess to not like pets can benefit from having a furry friend around the house. Many elderly people may have never had a pet in their adult years and insist that they don’t want one now. But there are many reasons why a pet is something that senior citizens should seriously consider.

Just as children love to play with puppies and kittens, senior citizens can benefit from adult pets. These animals give the caretaker a sense of purpose, a reason to get out of bed and face the day. The elderly find true companionship in a pet, in addition to a listening ear, a warm snuggle and a loyal friend.

Even if the person isn’t able to leave their home, a pet helps to combat loneliness, gives the person someone to talk to, and provides comfort. Many elderly people have stated that touching their pet helps them to feel better physically. They also feel more secure with a pet in the house.

The elderly person caring for the pet benefit greatly for their efforts. Old age is a time of loneliness and often bouts of depression. Senior citizens are facing their own mortality as they watch friends and family members face illness and death. It is easy for them to get down and depressed. With the extra time on their hands it is easy to dwell on these issues. But caring for a pet helps them to focus on something else. Senior citizens who have pets report that they are happier, have more energy and are finding more enjoyment in life. In fact, when they get together with other seniors they often discuss their pets as parents do children, reciting the latest antics and discussing the best pet food.

Many senior citizens may insist they don’t like pets and they would never want a pet. True, many seniors have never been pet owners before. But there is something about the slower life of an older person that makes having a pet at this stage of life different than when they were younger. They are home to take care of the pet rather than spending their day working and running errands. They have the time to invest in developing a relationship with their new pet. If the person is skeptical about becoming a pet owner, talk to a shelter about doing a trail with a pet before you commit.

Pets are a great way to give new meaning to the life of a senior citizen. You can find good mannered, adult pets that need a home at the animal shelter. Giving a shelter pet to an elderly person will give renewed purpose to two lives, the pet that was rescued and the person who opened their life to it.

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