Videos of puppies and kittens are some of the most viewed videos on the internet. While the allure of puppies and kittens is undeniable, older pets have their own unique charm and advantages. As November is Senior Pet Month, this is the perfect time to consider adopting a senior pet. At Hammond Veterinary Hospital, we’re dedicated to animal welfare for all ages, but we also firmly believe in giving senior pets a second chance.
Dispelling Common Misconceptions about Senior Pets
Unfortunately, common misconceptions about senior pets can deter people from considering them as potential companions. One misconception is that senior pets require excessive medical care. While it’s true that senior pets may have age-related health issues, pet parents can usually manage these with proper veterinary care and a healthy lifestyle. Adopting a senior pet can be more cost-effective as they often have already been spayed or neutered.
Some people mistakenly believe pets in shelters were undesirable to their previous owners. However, many pets in shelters end up there due to unforeseen circumstances in their previous owners’ lives, such as changes in housing, health issues, or financial hardships. The pet’s owner may have passed away, leaving no one to care for them. Regardless of how a senior animal ends up in a shelter, it doesn’t make them any less adoptable than younger animals. Older dogs and cats are equally as loving, affectionate, and loyal as a puppy or kitten. In short, never judge an animal by its age.
The Benefits of Adopting a Senior Pet
Adopting an older pet comes with numerous advantages that people sometimes overlook. First and foremost, senior pets are usually already house-trained, sparing you the hassle and sleepless nights of housebreaking a young puppy or litter box training a kitten. They have typically lived with families before and understand basic commands, making the transition into your home much smoother. Senior pets are also less likely to engage in destructive behaviors, such as chewing on furniture or household items. Their lower energy levels mean they are content with a more relaxed lifestyle, making them a perfect fit for individuals or families with a laid-back routine.
Tips on Caring for a Senior Pet
Providing a balanced diet that meets their specific nutritional needs is essential for senior pets. Please consult with Dr. Hammond to determine the appropriate diet for your senior pet based on age, breed, and health conditions.
Regular exercise is still crucial for senior pets, but tailoring the intensity and duration of physical activity to their abilities is essential.
Mental stimulation is also crucial for senior pets to keep their minds sharp and prevent boredom. Engage them in interactive play sessions, puzzle toys, or enroll them in obedience or agility classes.
Regular veterinary check-ups are essential to monitor their health and catch potential issues early on.
You can find more tips on our website blog: Caring for Senior Pets.
How to Find Senior Pets Available for Adoption
There are several avenues to find senior pets available for adoption. Local animal shelters and rescue organizations often have a variety of senior pets looking for their forever homes. Here are some resources you can use when looking to adopt a pet in Marlow, OK
You can also search the internet for “animal shelters near” your city.
Success Stories of Senior Pet Adoptions
The stories of senior pet adoptions are heartwarming and inspiring. Many individuals and families have opened their hearts and homes to senior pets and have experienced the immense joy and fulfillment they bring into their lives.
Watch this heartwarming video of how a senior pet forever changed a young girl’s life.
Partner with Hammond Veterinary Care for Your Senior Pets
At Hammond Veterinary Care, we treat pet owners and their pets with compassion while addressing any medical issues they may have as they progress through their senior years. Our experienced veterinarian, Dr. Hammond, understands your pet’s different stages of life. Our office offers treatments such as acupuncture and LASER therapy that can help alleviate pain or discomfort and improve the quality of life for senior pets.
Embrace Adopting a Senior Pet
Adopting a senior pet is a decision that changes their life and profoundly impacts yours. These furry companions have so much love and wisdom to offer, and by opening your heart and home to them, you can experience the joy and fulfillment that comes with giving a senior pet a second chance. With its special promotions and reduced adoption fees, November presents the perfect opportunity to consider adopting a senior pet. So, why not make this November the month you change a senior pet’s life? Embrace the love and companionship of a senior pet and experience the unconditional love they have to offer. If you have any questions about adopting a senior pet or senior pet care, please don’t hesitate to contact us.
Your Caring Team,