Pets have the ability to make anyone happy, which is perhaps the reason why there are between 70-96 million cats and dogs in the homes of US residents. Having a pet can be particularly helpful for the elderly, and can keep them happy and healthy when they are living alone. At the same time, there are concerns when it comes to taking care of the pet, as older people with limited mobility and other health issues may find taking on the responsibilities of looking after a pet overwhelming. But this should not be a reason to deny them the happiness…

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