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Pets Offer Insight Into Health Of Older People

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Pets Offer Insight Into Health Of Older People

Many older Americans are attached to their pets. That's why, according to Virginia Prevas of The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS), pets can reflect the health and welfare of the older pet owner.

"The condition of a pet can be an indication of how an older person is coping on their own," said Prevas. "If they're unable to provide proper care for a pet, that should be a warning sign of trouble in other areas."

Everyone can help prevent animal cruelty and elder abuse. The HSUS offers these suggestions.

Pay attention to the physical condition of pets and ask about recent illnesses or injuries.

Look for signs of malnutrition in animals including food bowls that are always empty.

Find out whom to call if you suspect animal cruelty or elder abuse.

For a free brochure call toll free at 888-213-0956, or visit

Most American households include pets.

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