If you are a senior thinking of getting a pet, there are a few items to consider. First, there are costs for either purchasing or adopting a pet. A puppy can cost $800 in the first year alone. These costs include vet visits, food, toys and everything else that goes with pet care. The following years for a dog or cat, can average about $500 a year. That is not counting major issues that may arise such as surgery. The financial strain may be too great for many seniors. Another thing to consider is traveling. If you leave town or travel for long lengths of time, what will you do with the pet? Pet care facilities can be very costly. Finally, what happens with the pet if you are no longer able to care for the pet? What if you move into a facility that does not accept pets, or you are transferred to a nursing home? The ownership of a pet deserves some deep thought before moving forward. Not only you, but your family and the pet are impacted by the decision. Make sure it is really the right decision.