This article is one of the many you will see in asknod.org which we provide as a public service to Veterans. Ms. Aurora James is our newest contributor. As all of you know, Cupcake and I have quite a menagerie of pets so Ms. James’ submissions will be a welcome addition during these trying times.
As evidenced by emptying rescue shelters across the country, the COVID-19 pandemic has prompted many people to welcome furry friends into their homes. People are spending more time at home than ever before, so for many, this is a prime opportunity to adopt a pet and enjoy all of the wonderful benefits that accompany pet ownership. Veterans, in particular, have a lot to gain by bringing home a companion animal. Check out the following guide to learn more!
Why Adopt a Companion Animal?
For Veterans, adopting a pet can be a life-changing experience. Here are some ways a pet can improve your life and help you cope with mental health challenges.
- Dogs, cats, rabbits, hamsters, and even birds can help ward off loneliness during the coronavirus pandemic.
- Pets offer unconditional love and support which can help reduce depression in Veterans.
- Certain pets can also make you feel safe and help you cope with hypervigilance, nightmares, and other symptoms of PTSD.
- Veterans who have recently retired from military life can benefit from the structure that a pet provides.
- A pet that gets you out of the house, like a dog, can also help you rejoin society and make social connections.
How to Choose a Pet
Different species and breeds of pets have different needs. Make sure you choose an animal that will be a good fit for your household.
- When choosing a pet type, remember to consider important factors like energy level, temperament, and common medical issues.
- Inexpensive pets—like budgies, guinea pigs, and fish—may be better for people with limited financial means.
- You also have to consider your ability to get out of the house and exercise your pet, especially if you have a disability.
Preparing Your Home
Before you bring your new pet home, make sure your home is set up with all the supplies you will need.
- Be sure to pet-proof your home to protect your furry friend from household hazards.
- You may have to replace some of your cleaning supplies with animal-friendly brands, like Dr. Bronner’s, Nature’s Miracle, and Simply Green.
- Set up a quiet area of your home where your pet will feel safe and comfortable.
- To save money, steer clear of fancy pet-care gadgets and stick to the essentials.
Whether you purchase a puppy from a breeder or adopt a cat from a shelter, your new animal will need some time to get settled into your home.
- Try to limit the number of visitors for the first few days to avoid overwhelming your pet.
- If your pet has anxiety, consider giving them calming snacks with CBD to reduce their stress.
- Remember to make plans for pet care if you will have to return to work after the pandemic.
Giving a pet a home is a wonderful way to enrich your life with happiness and meaning. Whether you’re struggling to readjust to civilian life or just trying to get by during the coronavirus pandemic, a lovable animal can help. Start looking for your new furry friend today!
Author: Aurora James