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Adopting a Senior Pet

November is officially Adopt A Senior Pet Month! This is one cause that we’re happy to help spread awareness about! Older dogs and cats are often very loving and affectionate, and make absolutely wonderful pets! Here, a Chattanooga, TN vet discusses adopting senior pets.

Benefits of Older Pets

Dogs and cats in their golden years really do have a lot to offer. One great thing about them is that they are typically very calm. Fluffy will spend most of her time napping, and won’t be very interested in pouncing on your toes or batting a ball down the hall in the middle of the night. Fido may only need a slow, relaxing stroll around the block, and will also be more interested in snoozing than in making mischief. Another advantage of older pets is that they are usually already trained. And, while adopting any animal is a lifetime obligation, senior pets don’t require as long of a commitment a puppy or kitten would. Last but not least, as mentioned above, they are usually extremely sweet and friendly, and are typically chock full of purrs and tail wags.

Getting Ready

Keep your furry friend’s age in mind as you prepare for the big day. While you’ll still need to get some toys, you’ll want to focus more on keeping your pet comfortable, rather than entertaining them. A good bed is a definite must. Orthopedic beds are a great choice for older pets. Fido may also appreciate raised doggy dishes, while Fluffy will need a litterbox with low sides. Pet ramps or stairs can be helpful for both dogs and cats. You’ll also need to do a bit of petproofing. Block off any potentially-dangerous areas, such as pools or stairwells, with gates or fences.

Coming Home

Going to a new home is a big deal for dogs and cats, and can actually be quite stressful for them. Your furry buddy may sleep a lot at first. You’ll want to schedule a veterinary appointment within the first week. (Tip: this is a great time to get advice on your pet’s care needs.) Otherwise, just let your new pet relax and settle in. Don’t be surprised to find that your new buddy quickly melts your heart. As mentioned above, senior pets are absolutely adorable!

Do you have questions about senior pet care? Contact us, your Chattanooga, TN vet clinic, anytime!

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