November is Adopt A Senior Pet Month! This is a cause that is near and dear to our hearts. Older pets are very sweet, loving, and loyal, but they face some very bleak odds when it comes to getting adopted. If you’re ready to bring a new animal companion into your home, please consider giving a sweet dog or cat a great retirement. Here, a local New Orleans, LA vet discusses adopting older pets.
Pets in their senior years are usually very sweet and friendly. These guys just want someone to pet them and pay attention to them. You may be surprised at how quickly older pets can melt your heart! Dogs in their golden years are adorable as they slowly trod along on their walks, while older kitties are often full of purrs and cuddles. Another bonus of adopting a senior pet is the fact that they don’t need much exercise. They’re also typically already fixed, and are generally calm and well-behaved. Plus, they aren’t as prone to mischief as their younger counterparts. Last but not least, you’ll be able to feel great, knowing that you gave Fido or Fluffy a second chance at happiness.
Before the big day, you’ll need to go shopping. A good bed is a must. You’ll also want to pick up some senior-friendly products, like pet ramps or stairs. Fluffy will appreciate litterboxes with low walls, while Fido may enjoy some elevated dishes. You’ll also want to get a few toys, as well as treats, grooming supplies, and, for dogs, waste baggies and a leash and collar or harness.
Changing owners is a big deal for pets! Don’t be surprised if your furry pal sleeps a lot at first. Your new buddy may need time to adjust and settle in. You’ll want to immediately get your four-legged friend started on their new routine for walks, meals, and playtime. A trip to the vet’s is definitely on the agenda. Although older animals are typically already fixed, you’ll want to make sure your pet is current on their vaccines, exams, and parasite control. This is also a great chance to get some specific advice on their diet and care needs!
Do you have questions about senior pet care? Please reach out to us, your local New Orleans, LA vet clinic, anytime. We’re here to help!