Adopt A Senior Pet Month
Senior pets need love to. Here is some info about adopting a senior pet.
When thinking about bringing a new pet into our home many questions run rampant through our minds. What breed will best suit our lifestyle? Female or Male? Do we have the room for a large breed? Are we ready to deal with the upkeep of a long-haired pet? What breeds shed the least? What type of food should we start our new pet on? These are all fabulous questions (and props to you for being prepared), BUT, as we run through this list in our minds, the one question that’s easiest to answer for most – the one decision that is usually already concrete – is the decision to adopt a young pet instead of a senior.
The thought of adopting a pet who hasn’t had to live a long life of unknown may seem appealing. Less worry, less stress and less room for uncertainty. Adopting a pet is a big step, and why would we want to grow so attached to a pet in their late years of life? Certainly they’ll be harder to bond with, and they may have medical issues that a young pet wouldn’t deal with, right?
Sure, that’s a reasonable response, and we’d be lying to say it’s not something that weighs heavily on the mind. HOWEVER, let’s lay down some knowledge:
Senior pets, as expected, can face health issues. This can mean medications, physical therapy and some extra attention and love. This isn’t the case with all seniors, but here’s the dilemma: The longer the senior sits in the shelter, the worse off they are. Shelters don’t have unlimited funds, which means that preventative testing doesn’t take place as often as it should, if at all. Crucial blood tests, dental cleanings and wellness checks are few and far between. The longer the senior sits in the shelter, the less of a chance they have to receive these necessary checkups that can prolong their life…ultimately making them less and less appealing to potential adopters. The shelter is not a healthy place for a senior animal. The quicker they are adopted, the less trouble they have to deal with. Keep this in mind! (And no, if you adopt an 11 year old pet who has been in the shelter for two years, it does not mean they are plagued with problems! Every pet has a different immune system and a different physical makeup. They are affected in different ways by different factors. Just something to think about!)
Another worry for many is the difference between bonding with a young pet verses a senior pet. Senior pets end up in the shelter for various reasons. We can’t automatically assume that they lived a life of hardship. Maybe their loving owner reluctantly gave them up because they fell under difficult times. Maybe their owner is also a senior who can no longer properly care for them on their own. Regardless, pets love endlessly, and will embrace having a new home and humans to love on them! Just think, a senior pet means is likely much more calm than a young pet, which will mean less training and more loving! Senior pets are past their housetraining and mischievous destruction phase. Maybe this fits your lifestyle much better than a young pet.
Adopting is a wonderful thing, and opening your heart to a senior is even more wonderful. It’s always best to adopt a pet that suits you and your family, whether it be a young pet or a senior; however, we want seniors to shine just as bright! Senior pets have just as much love to give and joy to bring – please do not overlook them! They will thank you in cuddles, wet-nose kisses and purrs for days.
If you do choose to open your heart to a senior pet, Petstuff.com has some awesome options that will keep your senior shining! Fromm Gold Coast Weight Management is awesome for senior dogs, and K9 Liquid Health Glucosamine will keep them feeling young. Ark Naturals ProBiotic is a great immune booster for senior dogs and cats, and supplementing wet foods like Taste of the Wild into their diet helps keep seniors excited about food!