November is Adopt A Senior Dog Month! Are you thinking about bringing another dog into your family? If so, you may want to consider adopting an older dog. Senior dogs can make great pets! Here, an Upper Arlington, OH discusses adopting a pooch in his golden years.
Benefits of Adopting An Older Dog
Senior dogs have some wonderful traits! One of the best things about older pups is that they typically have a super sweet and loving demeanor. They’re also very calm, and are usually more interested in naps and ear scritches than in chasing the neighbor’s cat around the yard. This also makes them a great match for people who want a placid, friendly pooch that doesn’t need a lot of exercise. Plus, since dogs in their golden years often have a very hard time getting adopted, you’ll be giving that one lucky pup a second chance. It’s a great feeling to know you’ve saved an animal’s life!
Caring For Fido
Just like any other dog, Fido will need good food and proper veterinary care to stay healthy. We recommend taking your pup to the vet within the first week or so. While you’re there, get some professional advice on his diet, exercise, and care needs.
Older dogs have slightly different needs than younger pups. Pet ramps or stairs will help your furry pal stay mobile, while a good orthopedic bed will help him sleep comfortably. Fido may also find it easier to eat from elevated dishes. Ask your vet for specific recommendations.
Helping Fido Settle In
Senior dogs sometimes end up in shelters due to very sad circumstances, and often through no fault of their own. Dogs get very attached to their owners, so your furry friend may be upset about being separated from a former owner. Of course, being in a shelter is no fun for dogs, so Fido may also need time to just relax and recuperate. We recommend setting him up in a quiet back room with food, toys, and bedding, and just letting him adjust. Offer your pet treats, walks, playtime, and plenty of ear scritches, but don’t force attention on him. With good care and TLC, you’ll have that tail going before you know it!
Please call us, your Upper Arlington, OH pet hospital, for all your senior dog’s veterinary care needs. We are happy to help!