With the overpopulation of pets there are many shelters who are looking for homes to open their hearts to a new pet and make a difference. I believe the biggest need is for senior pets because they are usually the last to be adopted.
Tips on Adopting an Older Pet
A few things to note about senior pets is they are mellow, wise, already trained old souls who take life one day at a time – and bring so much love and appreciation. If you are one of the kind and lucky people who will welcome a senior pet into your home this month, here are a few important tips to keep in mind from Petcurean Pet Food:
- Keep them active: Exercise helps senior pets maintain a healthy body weight, and it helps slow the degeneration of joints from arthritis. Walking is excellent exercise. Swimming in a heated pool is also an excellent way to maintain joint mobility.
- Ensure they get proper nutrition: As older pets are less active, they need fewer calories. A high quality, limited ingredient diet is a great way to maintain weight in older pets, while addressing and sensitivities and ensuring they get the nutrition they need, like Petcurean’s Go! Limited Ingredient Duck Recipe for dogs. Dogs with joint problems may benefit from supplementation with glucosamine or fish oils.
- Practice good dental hygiene: Dental care is just as important for pets as it is for humans. Dental disease is painful and may make eating difficult for your senior pet. If your dog won’t tolerate you brushing its teeth, consider dental treats, or dental toys designed to help keep the teeth clean and healthy. Teeth cleaning by your veterinarian will also help to maintain oral health.
- Provide an accessible home: Older dogs may develop arthritis or other joint problems, which can make it harder for them to get around. You can help by providing ramps to help them navigate around the house, get up on the bed, or get outside. Orthopedic pet beds may help keep your pet comfortable and relieve pressure on the joints.
- Love them up: Nothing tells your pet that you love them like a good belly rub or ear scratch. As your pet ages, physical contact is more important than ever. Every moment you have together is precious, and increasing the physical connection between you will strengthen your bond immeasurably. Maximize every opportunity for bonding with your pet – you will both be glad you did.
With recent advances in veterinary science and nutrition, dogs are living much longer and healthier lives, so a dog aged 9-10 can still have many good years left to enrich your life. Maintaining good health starts with common sense, regular exercise, good nutrition, and regular visits to the vet. You might just fall in love with adopting an older pet and give them a loving home to spend their final years in!
Would you consider adopting an older pet?