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November is Adopt-a-Senior-Pet Month

The perks of adopting a senior dog

November is adopt-a-senior-pet month — a month dedicated to helping older pets find a forever home. If you’ve been thinking about adding a four-legged friend to your family, why not let this be the month to make it happen?

Why Open Your Heart to a Senior Pet?

Well, senior pets need homes, too. The sad reality, however, is that they tend to stay in shelters longer than their younger counterparts, as they are often more desirable. But there are some really great benefits of opting for a pet who is further along in years.

You’ll Know More About Them

Having a better understanding of the pet you are adopting can be a huge benefit especially if you are considering exactly how that pet will fit into your life. Oftentimes, pets end up in shelters in the first place because their owner didn’t really understand what they were getting into. In the case of a senior dog or cat, it’s likely the shelter will have more information regarding the pet’s background, personality, and disposition. This gives you a better idea as to what makes your pet who he or she is. They are the perfect example of “what you see is what you get” — and that’s a good thing!

Easier to Handle

Typically, senior pets are easier to handle. That in itself certainly has its advantages. Older pets are often calmer and less energetic than puppies and kittens, making them ideal additions for busy owners and households with children. They are also probably past that chewing phase and clawing phase, which is good news for your shoes and furniture!

In regards to exercise, older pets still enjoy getting a workout. However, they are often content with less rigorous activity than say a puppy or kitten would be.

Additionally, most senior pets are already trained in areas such as basic commands and going to the bathroom. This usually means it won’t take much effort on your part to get them on the right track in their new home.

Lots of Love to Give

Senior pets tend to be more appreciative of you. They’ve been through a lot, so they're especially attuned to your love and kindness. This often results in them giving even more love in return. When you adopt a senior pet you are saving a precious life that will forever be truly grateful.

Keeping Your Senior Pet Healthy

November is also senior pet health month— a good time to learn how to keep your senior pet healthy all year long! Unfortunately, there is no fountain of youth for senior pets, but by adopting a healthy lifestyle, being aware of changes, and treating the signs of aging as they arise, you can make an impact on their overall health.

To learn more about senior pets, including what signs to look for and how to help them age more gracefully than they already are, pop over to our blog When Is My Pet Considered ‘Senior’?

Keep in mind that “old” is a relative term and that the life span of your senior pet varies based on breed. Regardless of whether you have months together or years, it will be a time you both treasure.

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