November is Adopt A Senior Pet Month! Are you considering getting a new furbaby? If so, please consider adopting an older pet. Senior pets are super cute, and have many wonderful qualities that many people are unaware of. Below, a NW Las Vegas, NV vet discusses some of the great benefits of adopting an aging pet.
Senior pets often have a sweet, calm demeanor that many people enjoy. For instance, an older pet may prefer taking a nap in a sunbeam to racing around the house.
Many of the older animals that are available for adoption have been pets before, and are often already trained. Needless to say, getting a dog that is already housetrained can make things much easier for you!
Senior pets generally like to spend their retirement years relaxing and napping. While older pets do still need some activity, they don’t need nearly as much exercise as their younger counterparts. If you would rather spend an afternoon reading than taking Fido on a long, vigorous walk, an older pooch may be the perfect companion for you.
Fewer Behavioral Issues
Older pets are less likely to engage in destructive behavior, such as chewing or digging, than younger pets. Fluffy may not be interested in getting to the top of the bookcase or fridge, while Fido won’t be as tempted to chew up your shoe. They’d rather be napping!
When you adopt a pet, you’re making a long-term commitment to care for that animal for the rest of its life. If you get a baby furball, this means you’re signing on for over a decade of pet parenting. If you’re not sure what your circumstances will be like down the road, an older pet may be perfect for you.
Save A Life
Sadly, many loving, sweet older pets end up in shelters through no fault of their own. Some are abandoned by their owners, while others lose their homes or owners due to unfortunate circumstances. These lovable furballs have a hard time getting adopted, as they are often passed over in favor of younger animals. Knowing you’ve saved the life of that one special pet can be a very beautiful and rewarding feeling!
Do you have questions about caring for your senior pet? Contact us, your NW Las Vegas, NV animal hospital, anytime!