As adults get older, loneliness can occur more frequently than it would in middle age. There are a plethora of negative health side effects associated with it, including elevated stress and higher blood pressure, the Chicago Tribune reported. There are several methods to combat loneliness, much the way a health professional would treat another malady. Building closer relationships with friends and family is one way. Owning a dog or a cat can also mitigate the negative signs of loneliness.
Adults who own a pet must pay close attention to their cats or dogs during the summer - ticks are out in higher numbers and can latch on to their pets. Warm, wet winters don't kill off ticks, so they come back in higher numbers come summer time. There are certain steps that older adults can take to keep themselves and their pets protected.
Preventative steps to reduce the risk of Lyme disease
Prevention is the best medicine when it comes to keeping pets safe. Older adults can take steps, including not letting dogs run through long, uncut grass where ticks love to lurk. To keep pets safe at home, caregivers can work with older adults to keep lawns trimmed throughout the warmer weather.
Summertime is also the best time to keep up with any grooming and keeping pet hair short. It will be easier to spot ticks and ultimately easier to remove them when dogs and cats have less fur.
The human benefits of canine tick prevention
When dogs and cats stay healthy, their owners are going to reap the benefits.
"Dogs really are the canary in the coal mine for human infection. Our research team has evidence that the relationship between canine disease and human disease is strong," Michael Yabsley, a parasitologist studying the connection between Lyme disease in dogs and humans, noted.
While humans can manifest symptoms of Lyme disease within one month, according to the report, dogs can carry the bacteria for up to five months before showing symptoms.
These latest results suggest that while the number of ticks that carry Lyme Disease may be on the rise, the likelihood of coming with the disease remains low. Caregivers can be on the lookout for flu-like symptoms, such as aches and fever. If these symptoms persist, they may indicate that a patient - or a pup - has Lyme disease. To find a caregiver that can help, check out Interim HealthCare's locations today.