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Adopting a Senior Dog

Did you know that November is Adopt A Senior Dog Month? If you’re thinking about bringing a new pooch into your home, please consider adopting an older dog. An Aurora, CO vet discusses senior dog adoption below.

The Plight of Senior Dogs

We firmly believe that adopting a pet is a lifetime commitment. Sadly, not all pet owners see it that way. It’s not uncommon for people to abandon older dogs, often after a lifetime of love and devotion. Fido can also end up in a shelter simply due to unfortunate circumstances. Older pooches have a very hard time finding forever homes, because they are so often passed over in favor of puppies. This is very sad, because these lovable dogs can really make wonderful pets.

Benefits of Adopting An Older Pet

There are some great benefits to choosing an older pooch as a pet. Senior dogs tend to have very calm, sweet demeanors, which makes them a pleasure to be around. They also don’t need as much exercise or entertainment as younger pups, and are much less inclined to mischievous behaviors, like digging and chewing. Prior training is another big plus. Plus, they’re absolutely adorable!

Getting Ready

You’ll need to do some shopping before the big day. Fido will need food, treats, toys, grooming supplies, a leash and collar, waste baggies, and doggy dishes. A comfy bed is definitely on the list. (We recommend getting orthopedic beds for older dogs.) You may also want to get pet ramps or stairs. If your pooch has thin fur, pick up some doggy clothes for him as well.

Helping Fido Settle In

Don’t be surprised if your canine pal sleeps a lot at first. Dogs get very attached to their owners, so your pet may be sad, confused, and/or depressed about being separated from his former family. Being in a shelter is also very stressful for Man’s Best Friend, so Fido may also just need time to recuperate. We recommend scheduling a veterinary appointment for that first week or so. While you’re there, get some advice on your furry friend’s care needs. Aside from that, just let your pup relax and settle in. Offering treats, toys, and plenty of ear scritches will get that cute tail going!

Please contact us, your Aurora, CO pet clinic, for all of your senior dog’s veterinary care needs. We’re here to help.

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