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 If you are a social services provider, you may also encounter your client’s pets (directly or indirectly). While your primary concern is to take care of your clients, you may not realize just how much their pets means to them.

Pets add a lot of value for these people, such as the following (not a comprehensive list):

  • Reduce stress and improve blood pressure
  • Provide an opportunity to connect to other community members
  • Give them a reason to get out of bed and get moving
  • Access to touch, companionship, and the feeling of unconditional love
  • Assist people with certain disabilities, such as those with vision problems, and those with certain health conditions, such as those prone to getting seizures or have diabetes

Having a pet does mean an added responsibility, including the cost of care (food, housing, and veterinary care). The cost of care can be prohibitive for those on a low and fixed income, especially veterinary care services. For some of your clients, caring for an animal's needs can be challenging from a physical standpoint. There are professionals that can provide help, much like that provided for older adults. 

Professional pet caretakers include the following:

  • Veterinarian
  • Veterinary technician
  • Veterinary assistant
  • Dog walker
  • Pet sitter
  • Dog trainer
  • Pet waste manager
  • Pet behaviorist
  • Others

We may know resources that can help your clients with pets, particularly those with dogs and cats. We may also be able to help provide access to vouchers to pay veterinarians for annual veterinary services required to help prevent the accidental spread of diseases between animals and people.

Learn more at 216.920.3051 during normal business hours or e-mail Dr. Anna.