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November is Adopt A Senior Pet Month! Dogs in their golden years often have a very hard time getting adopted. It’s easy to see why so many people go for baby dogs. Puppies are, of course, absolutely adorable. However, senior dogs can make wonderful pets, and they really do have a lot to offer. Read on as a Virginia Beach, VA vet offers some advice on adopting a dog in his senior years.
It’s often quite heartbreaking to see older pets in shelters. Fido is very devoted to his owners, and gets very confused, depressed, and/or scared by being thrust into a strange, frightening environment. While sometimes older dogs are surrendered due to sad circumstances, it’s unfortunately also not uncommon for people to abandon them, or trade them in for ‘newer models.’ Giving one of these lovable pooches a new home is a wonderful and rewarding thing to do!
As mentioned above, older dogs are often passed by in favor of puppies. However, they have some really wonderful qualities. For one thing, pups in their senior years have usually outgrown some of the more mischievous and destructive habits younger canines have, such as digging, chewing, and lunging after every squirrel in sight. They’re usually very calm, and don’t need a whole lot of entertainment or exercise. Another bonus? Typically, senior dogs are already trained. Skipping the housebreaking stage is a big plus! Last but not least, they tend to be super loving and affectionate. Fido really just wants to relax, spend time with his human friends, and collect as many ear scritches and belly rubs as possible. What’s not to love?
Adopting a dog is a huge commitment. Senior dogs are great, but think things over before proceeding. First and foremost, make sure that you’re ready, willing, and able to care for your furry friend for the rest of his days. It would be really sad for Fido to get adopted, only to end up back at the shelter. You’ll also want to consider your household, schedule, and budget. That said, if all lights are green, go for it! Giving a sweet, older pooch a comfortable and happy retirement is a beautiful experience.
Please reach out to us, your Virginia Beach, VA vet clinic, with any questions or concerns about caring for your senior dog. We’re here for you!