Tips for Adopting a Senior Pet

Did you know that November is Adopt A Senior Pet Month? Older dogs and cats can make wonderful animal companions! If you are considering adopting a new pet, an older animal may actually be the perfect choice for you. Read on for some advice on adopting senior pets from a Marietta, GA vet.

The Benefits of Adopting Older Pets

There are many advantages to adopting an older pet. Dogs and cats in their golden years typically don’t need quite as much exercise or stimulation as their younger counterparts. These placid, calm furballs make great matches for seniors, people in apartments, and anyone who isn’t quite up to keeping up with a furry ball of zoom. Their sweet, lovable demeanor is another plus: many people who have adopted aging pets say that their animal companions are extremely loyal and affectionate. Plus, senior pets have typically already been trained. Needless to say, this can also be very beneficial!

Getting Settled

Before you bring your new furry pal home, you’ll need to pick up some supplies. Your shopping list should include bedding, toys, treats, dishes, and grooming supplies. Dogs will need a leash and collar, while kitties will require a litterbox and litter. You may also want to get a good crate or carrier. Put all of these things in a quiet back room at first. This will give your four-legged friend a comfy, cozy spot to settle in.

Veterinary Care

A trip to the vet is definitely in order. Most shelter pets are spayed or neutered and current on their parasite control products and vaccines, but even if your pet is up to date, a thorough exam is strongly recommended. The sooner any medical issues are diagnosed, the better! Microchipping is also important. While you’re there, ask for specific advice on your furball’s diet, care, and activity needs.

Purrs And Tail Wags

Your furry friend may sleep a lot at first. Being in a shelter is very stressful for pets! Older animals are also often coping with being separated from (or abandoned by) their former owners. Don’t force affection on your new buddy: just offer lots of TLC, and let your new pet settle in. Offering toys and treats will help your four-legged pal feel loved and safe.

Is your senior pet due for veterinary care? We can help! Contact us, your Marietta, GA animal clinic!

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