While most of us can’t help but dote on a new puppy or kitten, the reality is that caring for a young pet requires a lot of time and energy. Obedience training and curbing behavioral problems is hard work, which is why you might consider adopting a more mature or senior pet.
Unfortunately, senior pets often get overlooked. At shelters and rescues, they are the ones who have the hardest time getting adopted. Many people assume younger is better, and their prejudices (which are often rooted in misinformation) keep stellar seniors from finding their forever homes.
In honor of Adopt a Senior Pet Month, Maywood Veterinary Clinic would like to take a moment to celebrate the benefits of owning an older pet.
What Makes a Senior Pet Incredible
If you’re considering adopting a pet, seniors make wonderful companions. Especially if you’re looking for a chill couch buddy or a low-maintenance friend who won’t chew on your designer shoes.
Here are some of our favorite reasons senior pets are so amazing:
- Cool, calm, and collected – In most cases, older pets have a relaxed demeanor, which is appreciated by those living in a small space or those who simply prefer a calmer companion.
- A perfect pupil – Older pets already know the basics about how to behave in a home, where to “go potty,” and how to navigate the personalities of other pets. Since seniors are motivated by praise and attention, they make star students when it comes to learning new tricks or any additional behavioral training.
- No weird surprises – With young pets, you never know quite what to expect as they grow into adulthood. With older pets, what you see is what you get. And what you get is a loving, appreciative best friend.
- Less demanding – If you aren’t into strenuous workouts or keep long hours, a senior pet will be perfect. Although all pets need some exercise, older cats and dogs require less than their younger counterparts.
- Snuggle friends – By adopting a senior pet, you will save a life and free up valuable space in shelters and rescues that are already overcrowded. Your new best friend will be grateful, offering loads of love and lasting friendship.
Helping Your Senior Pet Thrive
If you already have a senior pet (thank you!), you may be wondering what you can do to help him or her thrive. You may be concerned about arthritis or hearing loss, or perhaps you just need recommendations for the right diet or exercise.
At Maywood Veterinary Clinic, we provide holistic wellness consultations and exams that are specific to senior pet care. This might include specialty diets, at-home tips, and, of course, senior pet health screenings (for early detection and prevention).
To schedule an appointment, please give us a call at (201) 800-6039. Thank you for choosing to adopt a senior pet!