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Adopting A Senior Dog

November 1 2021

November is Adopt A Senior Dog Month! Older dogs have some very endearing and special characteristics that make them wonderful pets. Unfortunately, these guys have a very hard time getting adopted, as most people prefer puppies. If you’re considering adopting a new canine companion, you may want to take a closer look at that sweet elderly pooch no one wants. He may be the most lovable dog you’ve ever had! A San Diego, CA vet offers some tips on adopting a senior pet in this article.


Benefits

You may find that there are some surprising benefits to adopting an older pup. One of the best things about dogs in their golden years is the fact that they tend to be very loving and calm. Fido is more interested in collecting belly rubs than in chasing squirrels around, and he’ll plod loyally along beside you instead of hauling you behind him. Older dogs are also already trained, and tend to be super affectionate. They really just want someone to love them, care for them, and dole out ear scritches. What more could you ask for?


Getting Ready

Getting your place ready for a senior dog isn’t exactly the same as preparing for a puppy, though there are many similarities. Fido probably won’t be too interested in chewing things, though you will want to keep things like toxic plants, unsafe foods, and small or sharp objects out of paws’ reach. Comfort is really king when it comes to caring for older pooches. Thick beds, carpet runners, pet ramps, and stair treads are the sorts of things that will make your home safe and welcoming for Fido. You’ll want to stock up on treats as well!


Tail Wags

Fido may need time to settle in. Generally, dogs need three days to get a feel for new surroundings, three weeks to get comfortable, and three months to really feel at home. In that time, you’ll want to help your furry buddy feel safe and secure. Keeping him on a set schedule for walks, meals, and playtime will definitely help. Aside from that, just give your four-legged friend lots of love and attention. You may find that your canine friend very quickly melts your heart!


Please reach out to us with any questions or concerns about adopting a senior pet. As your San Diego, CA animal clinic, we’re here to help!

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