November is Adopt A Senior Pet Month! This is one cause that definitely needs attention. There are far too many sweet, lovable senior pets in shelters, who just want someone to love them and care for them. A Pasadena, MD vet discusses adopting older animals in this article.
Have everything your furry buddy needs ready and waiting for them when you bring them home. Pick things made specifically for older pets. Fluffy may like a comfy cat tower that’s easy to get on and off and a litterbox with low sides. Fido will need a good bed, as well as some soft toys. You’ll also want to get senior-formula food, though you’ll want to ask your vet for specific recommendations on that.
Speaking of veterinarians, one of the first things you’ll want to do is make an appointment. Most senior pets are already fixed, but you’ll definitely need a thorough exam. Getting your four-legged friend’s microchipped is also important. This is a great time to ask for care tips!
Older pets aren’t usually as frisky as young ones, but they can still get hurt. Petproof as you would for a kitten or puppy. Remember to block off potentially-dangerous areas, such as stairs and pools. (Tip: baby gates are a good option.) If your fuzzy pal can’t see or hear well, make accommodations for that as well. Ask your vet for advice.
When you adopt Fido or Fluffy, you’re promising to take care of them for the rest of their life. With a senior pet, it’s important to realize that your furry friend may need more medical care than a puppy or kitten. They may also need extra care, or sometimes just slightly different care. Don’t proceed unless you’re all-in! It would be absolutely heartbreaking for Fluffy or Fido to get adopted, only to be surrendered again.
Adopting a senior pet can be a very special and beautiful experience. Older pets are often extremely sweet and lovable, and many are just a joy to interact with. They also tend to be very loyal and affectionate. You may find that Fluffy or Fido waste no time in completely melting your heart … and wrapping you around their paws.
Please contact us, your Pasadena, MD animal clinic, anytime. We’re here to help!