Should copd patients have pets?

My father has copd.  He is home alone durning the day and would love to have a small dog for company. Should he be around animals with his copd?

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The best person to answer this question is his doctor. There are non-shedding dog breeds available. Look up the AKC (American Kennel Club) and research breeds that would suit. The AKC can also give you a list of breeders in your area. Does your Dad really have the physical stamina to walk a dog several times a day? His limitations need to be taken into consideration. There are also shedless cat breeds available. Cats are much less physically demanding than dogs. Look up CFA (Cat Fanciers Association) for the same type of info.

Thank you so much for your answer. My Dad lives with me, his copd is quite mild. We have three other people in the house to walk the dog and our backyard  is very large.  I want the dog as company for my Dad durning the day.

I am glad to know that there are additional people who can help shoulder your responsibilities.  It sure can help with stress.  Having a large yard is not a prerequisite for having a dog.  Generally dogs do not entertain themselves when in a yard alone.  They need stimulus for that.  Giving your Dad some responsibilities for the dog will give him a good reason to get up in the morning.  If his doctor is not too worried about the amount of shedding a dog can do, no-kill shelters are also a great place to find a companion animal.  Dogs usually have two heavier shedding periods each year - spring and fall.  Totally indoor dogs have a tendacy to shed all year long.  Did you know that petting a dog or cat has proven to lower blood pressure readings?  Best of luck with what seems like a very workable situation for your household.

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