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Adopting A Senior Pet

November 1, 2021

November is Adopt A Senior Pet Month! Of course, as far as we’re concerned, there’s never a bad time to give a sweet older pet a new lease on life. Senior pets often have a hard time getting adopted, which is quite sad because they make absolutely wonderful animal companions. If you’re ready for a new pet, why not go for an old one? A Hudson Valley, NY vet discusses adopting a senior pet in this article.

Understand The Benefits

Senior pets actually offer some great advantages. For one thing, they are calmer and less mischievous than younger pets, and don’t need as much entertainment or exercise. They’re also usually already trained and fixed, and familiar with the ins and outs of being a good pet. Another bonus for many is the fact that there are no surprises with older pets: what you see is exactly what you get. Many people also appreciate the fact that older pets don’t have much time: that means a shorter commitment. Oh, and did we mention the fact that they’re absolutely adorable?

Things To Consider

We love seeing older pets get adopted. That said, it’s important for you to think things over carefully. Senior pets may need more TLC and more frequent veterinary appointments than younger animals. Make sure you’re on board with your new pal’s care needs. It would be heartbreaking for a senior pet to get adopted, only to be returned again.

Getting Ready

Before bringing your new pet home, you’ll need to do some petproofing. Things like night lights, soft beds, pet ramps, and extra water stations can all help make your home senior-pet friendly. Be on the lookout for things that can cause trips and spills. Putting carpet runners and area rugs over floors will help your furry pal get traction. Ask your vet for more information.

Love And Purrs

Older pets often have a very sweet and loving demeanor that just makes them a joy to be around. Just give Fido and Fluffy time to adjust. Major changes can be very stressful for pets, so your new buddy may want lots of comfort and cuddles. Pay lots of attention to your furry friend! Purrs and tail wags from pets in their golden years are just priceless.

Call us, your Hudson Valley, NY animal clinic, for all your pet’s veterinary care needs. We’re here to help.