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Question: My grandmother lives alone and has several high-maintenance pets, including two parrots, two cats and two dogs. I can only imagine there are plenty of health and sanitation risks that come with having so many pets. What are some potential hazards to consider, and how can they be addressed?

Answer: The responsibility associated with caring for pets can be overwhelming for seniors to ensure their pets are cared for appropriately. High-energy pets need to be walked multiple times a day and may have toys on the floor, which can pose a safety risk for seniors with limited mobility or at risk of falling. As we age, vision changes can result in limited balance, and peripheral vision issues can increase the risk of injury.

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