Animals have been known to provide people with a wonderful companionship. Whether it’s a dog, cat, bird or fish they provide a positive impact on a person of family household. Dogs have been known to provide help not only emotionally, but also physically. Having an Emotional Support Dog (ESA) provides excellent health benefits for their owners.

If a senior is suffering from a chronic illness, depression, loneliness, or feeling isolated having an emotional support dog/animal can help with that. Doctor Thomas Schweinburg a neurologist in Ohio said, “It has been well-established that pets have a therapeutic and often calming impact on people in general. However, there is also evidence that, for the elderly, owning and interacting with pets can reduce stress, lower blood pressure, increase social interaction, and increase physical activity,”

Seniors who have these dogs are able to feel much needed sense of responsibility to provide for their animal and to give them the right nurture and care. Not only will they improve moods, but they improve health as well. If you have any kind of physical disability or limitations consider getting a emotional support cat. Scientist have proven that people who live with animals have lower blood pressure and lower cholesterol levels. If you or someone you know is transitioning into long term care you should consider getting an emotional supportive animal.