November is Adopt A Senior Dog Month! This is definitely a great cause, and one that we are more than happy to help support. Older dogs often have a very hard time getting loving homes. This is in part because people assume that they need a lot of care, and in part because so many folks want puppies. That’s really sad, because dogs in their golden years can make absolutely wonderful pets. Here, a Thorold, ON vet offers some advice on adopting an older dog.
Older dogs end up in shelters or foster homes through no fault of their own. Sometimes their owners have become ill or passed on, or had to move into facilities that don’t allow dogs. In other cases, they are turned in due to financial hardship or other difficulties. Unfortunately, there are also cases where dogs are treated as used cars, and essentially traded in for younger models. No matter what Fido’s circumstances are, it’s sad, scary, and traumatic for him to end up in a shelter. Make sure that you are willing and able to care for your pooch for the rest of his life. It would be heartbreaking for a senior dog to get that second chance, only to find himself right back in the shelter.
The great thing about older dogs is that they make very calm and loving pets. You’ll want to provide your canine buddy with doggy comforts, such as soft beds, senior-friendly toys and treats, and perhaps pet ramps or stairs. Ask your vet for specific advice.
One of the first things you’ll want to do is take your new furry friend to meet his doctor. A full nose-to-wagging-tail exam is in order. You’ll want to find out if your pooch has any medical issues that need to be addressed. While you’re there, get some advice on care tips and diet.
Adopting an older pooch can be a very enriching and rewarding experience. Senior dogs tend to be very sweet and lovable, and they usually just want someone to love them, pet them, and offer them treats and belly rubs. Enjoy the time you have with Fido!
Please do not hesitate to reach out if ever we can be of assistance. As your local Thorold, ON animal clinic, we are here for you!