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Adopting a Senior Dog

November 01, 2019

November is Adopt A Senior Pet Month. Older dogs often have a very hard time finding forever homes, and typically spend a lot more time in shelters than their younger counterparts. This is very sad, because they make absolutely wonderful pets. Here, a local Roanoke, VA vet discusses adopting an older dog.

Benefits

There are some great reasons to consider adopting an older dog. For one thing, they’re much calmer than younger pups. That means they don’t need as much exercise or playtime, and are much less destructive. They’re also usually already trained, which means you can skip the housebreaking stage. Plus, you won’t have to wonder how big Fido will get, or what he’ll look like in a few years. What you see is what you get! Last but not least, dogs in their senior years are often very sweet and affectionate. These adorable pooches really just want someone to love them, care for them, and scratch their backs.

Finding Fido

There are far too many older dogs in shelters, desperately hoping someone will love them enough to take them home. Many of these sweet pups have been abandoned by their owners, often after a lifetime of loyalty. In other cases, they may have ended up in shelters due to unfortunate circumstances. Giving a senior pet a second chance at happiness is a wonderful act of kindness, and a great way to meet your furry BFF!

Getting Settled

Before you bring your canine buddy home, you’ll need to go shopping. A comfy doggy bed is a definite must. You may want to get some pet ramps, to help Fido get around. We recommend elevated doggy dishes, which are easier for pooches to eat from than bowls on the floor. Your list should also include food, toys, treats, grooming supplies, waste baggies, a travel crate or carrier, a leash, and a collar or harness.

Love and Tail Wags

Fido may need some time to get used to his new home. Don’t rush things: just focus on offering your furry friend great care. Treats, walks, playtime, and belly rubs will all help your canine companion feel loved and safe. With lots of TLC, patience, and love, you’ll have that cute tail going before you know it!

Do you need to get your senior dog an exam? Please reach out to us, your Roanoke, VA vet clinic, anytime!


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