November is Adopt A Senior Pet Month! This is a very important cause, and one that is very near and dear to our hearts. Fido and Fluffy never stop being cute and lovable. However, as they age, it becomes increasingly harder for them to get adopted. That’s really sad, because they can make absolutely wonderful animal companions. A Savage, MN vet offers some advice on adopting a senior pet in this article.
Dogs and cats in their senior years can make absolutely wonderful pets. Some people even prefer them over puppies and kittens. For one thing, they’re quite calm, and usually spend most of their time napping. You probably won’t have to worry about Fido chewing your shoes or racing after squirrels, and he’ll most likely already be trained. Older pets are usually already trained and fixed, which means two more things off your plate. Plus, their adoption costs are often lower than those of puppies and kittens. Oh, and have we mentioned the fact that they’re absolutely adorable?
Going to a new home is a huge change for Fido and Fluffy, and one that can be quite stressful for them. Your new pet may also be upset by being separated from or—sadly, in some cases— abandoned by their former owner. It may take them time to adjust. Provide a comfy, quiet place where they can settle in. Older animals are often quite stiff and sore, so be sure to offer a good bed. Don’t be surprised if they sleep a lot at first. This is especially common in pets adopted from shelters, as they need time to decompress from the stress of that environment. Of course, older pets are already quite sleepy as is.
Older pets do have slightly different needs than younger ones. For instance, when shopping, you’ll want to look for things that are suitable for seniors. Kitties will appreciate litterboxes with lower walls, while Fido may enjoy an orthopedic bed. Ask your vet for specific advice.
One of the first things you’ll want to do is bring your new companion to the clinic for a thorough exam. This is a great time to get some specific care information. Don’t be shy about asking for tips on things like diet and grooming. We’re happy to help!
Please contact us with questions or concerns about your pet’s health or care. As your Savage, MN pet hospital, we’re here for you!