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When it’s time to give up a pet

BOB ROTH | Posted: Wednesday, April 5, 2017 12:59 pm

Helping our loved ones navigate the realities of aging – such as recognizing when it is time to give up the family pet – can be heart-wrenching. As life revolves full circle, you may find yourself in the position of taking away the dog from the very person who rounded out your childhood experiences by including a pet in the happy chaos.

A quick search of the literature includes exponentially more information to support the advantages of pet therapy for a wide range of disorders and diseases. However, according to the American Pet Products Association (APPA), baby boomers, the historically largest segment of the pet owners’ market (37 percent), are nearing a point where they are no longer able to care for a pet. So what happens when a dose of reality does not include the “hair of the dog”?

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