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Seniors and Pets

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Pets are great no matter what your age! But you need to be especially cognizant of those at very young or very old ages having pets. Pets provide great benefits for seniors such as companionship, routine, and a sense of purpose. But they can also be hard to manage if you have physical disabilities, dementia, or Alzheimer’s.

Let’s go over the types of pets and how you can help a senior take care of their pet.

Types of Pets for Seniors

This really all depends on how much attention and care you can provide your pet. Pets like dogs will require regular walks, bathroom time, playing, and feeding. While cats and fish are generally independent and require minimal care like feeding and cleaning.

Bunnies
These cute little animals are becoming more and more popular as pets. They don’t require walks or going outside, and can be taken out to hold or play with and put back into a safe container. They’re great companions!

Cats
Cats are independent and, depending on the one you get, can be sociable or aloof. It’s important to find a cat with the right energy for their new owner. A kitten may be too much work for a senior with some limited physical ability, but an older cat may be just right. The main requirements are regular feedings and cleaning up the litter.

Dogs
Dogs are on the end of the physical needs spectrum. They require going out at least 2-3 times per day no matter the weather. They also need lots of exercise and walking time. Dogs are great for seniors who still feel confident going out and being active. Try for an older pet, as puppies will require even more effort, not to mention training.

Best dogs breeds for seniors

Fish
Fish are perfect for those seniors who want a little added routine to their life. The fish need regular feedings and cleanings, and are very easy to take care of.

How to Help Seniors Take Care of Pets

For seniors that currently have a pet, certain things that used to be easy to do may now become more difficult as they age. Regular morning walks may now be a struggle. But that doesn’t mean you have to abandon your pet.

  1. Figure out the need: Once you figure out exactly what the issue is (lack of walks, hard to bathe the pet?) you can find a solution. Try dog daycares, have someone in the neighborhood walk the dog or change the litter. Have a mobile groomer stop by.
  2. Get a vet that does house calls: This will make it easy for seniors who aren’t able to drive or don’t feel comfortable taking their pet in the car.
  3. Meals on Wheels: This program often offers free dog and cat food to seniors in the area. Check to see if your area does!

 

Don’t let age get in the way of having your little buddy around for as long as possible.

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Pet Friendly Naples

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Love for a pet is unlike any other. They would do anything for you and vice versa. You want to spend as much time with them as possible, but where is there to go?

We put together this list of pet friendly spots in Naples that accept you and your four legged friend. These include the beach, restaurants, and stores. Where will you take your pet first?

Dog Parks

The first spot you’d think to take your pooch is to a local dog park. Luckily Naples is home to a few.

Central Bark aka City of Naples Dog Park

This cleverly named dog park is located at Riverside Circle near the intersection of Goodlette-Frank Road and Central Avenue. It’s complete with 2.5 acres of room to roam as well as water fountains, dog wash stations and areas separated for big and small dogs.

Rover Run

Located in Veterans Community Park in North Naples, this dog park is one of the most popular. The park is open from 7:30am to dusk, and has an area for small dogs and one for bigger breeds.

The Beach

Keewaydin Island

Despite the large number of beaches in Naples, not many allow you to bring your dog. Keeywadin Island lets you bring your pooch as long as they are leashed. You’ll need a boat to get to the island, and there are no facilites. But come during a weekday when we’re not in season and you’ll have the island to yourself.

Dog Beach

It’s referred to as the dog beach. It’s the only one in the area that allows dogs and doesn’t require a boat to reach. It’s just north of Bonita Beach and south of Lover’s Key State Beach Park. It’s even off leash!

Stores

Pucci and Catana

This luxury pet boutique is right at home on 5th Avenue South. You can find luxury designer items for your pet like Gucci Pet, Burberry Pet, and more. Bring in your four-legged friend to truly enjoy the store.

Mercato Shops

Mercato is a favorite destination for humans and dogs alike. Many restaurants will allow you to dine with your dog on the patio, and quite a few shops including Charming Charlie’s, Nordstrom Rack, and Gallery on Fifth, even allow you to bring in your pet.

Fergie’s Closet Doggie Boutique

Formerly located at The Shoppes at Naples Bay Resort, this boutique caters to the pet who loves having a full closet. The store is relocating to a larger space, so check their website to find out when they re-open.

Restaurants

Dog-Friendly Patios at Mercato
There are over a dozen restaurants that allow you to dine with your pet on the patio including Masa, Naples Flatbread, Taps, The Capital Grille, and many more.

Fit & Fuel Cafe
This cafe is located right next to the Naples Cyclery at the Pavilion Shopping Center. They allow for outdoor seating with dogs and even have a water bowl outside to keep them hydrated.

M Waterfront Grille
Want something a little more upscale? Dine with your pup outside at this restaurant at the Village on Venetian Bay.


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Plan for your Pets during Hurricane Season

(Photo credit: Weather Channel iWitness user Debra McCord)

(Photo credit: Weather Channel iWitness user Debra McCord)

It’s hurricane season in Southwest Florida and Just Like Family Home Care has a top notch check list for Seniors when it comes time to prepare for the big storm, but we also don’t want to forget about our four legged friends! At Just Like Family Home Care we know family includes everyone!

When it comes to making plans make sure you include all your family members even your furry loved ones. It’s not unusual for many pets to be abandoned following major hurricanes like Hurricane Katrina and Hurricane Charley. It is very important to include your animals in your evacuation plan to make sure that they are taken care of.

Counties like Charlotte, Lee, and Collier have emergency shelters for families and their pets but space is often restricted to those in spots where evacuation is mandatory. Experts suggest to have a plan in place for a hurricane with your last resort seeking refuge at a pet friendly shelter.

Preparing for a hurricane is vital for the safety of your family and your pets. Pet owners need to make sure that they have everything they need for a pet friendly shelter when an emergency occurs. Owners need to have their pet’s vaccinations up to date. Remember, it takes a couple of week for most immunizations to become protective.

Owners will need an impact resistant crate that is sufficient size for each pet. As for your pets identification, you must to have your pets’ county licensing tag as well as an ID tag on their collars. As a general guide, pet owners should have a weeks worth of pet food in waterproof containers, a weeks worth of water and a few weeks worth of medications. Other things to consider are a bowl for water, bedding, chew toys, leash, proof of vaccinations, grooming items and a pet first-aid kit.

Click here for more information on Hurricane Preparedness for Your Pets