November is Adopt A Senior Pet Month! While we love seeing any animal go to a good home, we’re always thrilled when senior pets get adopted. Far too many older dogs and cats end up in shelters, sometimes after years of loyalty. These guys often just can’t compete with kittens and puppies, and have a very hard time getting adopted. Read on as a local Seminole, FL vet lists some things you learn when you adopt an older pet.
We know, puppies and kittens are beyond adorable. However, older animals are super cute too. There’s just something very charming about a distinguished senior dog with a grey muzzle, or a kitty that looks completely unimpressed with everything yet still wants to cuddle.
Dogs and cats get very attached to their humans. Often, senior pets are sad and depressed at being separated from their owners. Sometimes this happens just due to unfortunate circumstances. In other cases, people abandon their loyal pets and trade them in for ‘younger’ models. These older pets really want nothing more than for someone to love them and care for them!
Senior pets have many qualities that make them wonderful pets. However, one of the best things about them is the fact that they’re already trained. Older dogs are generally housebroken, and will follow simple commands, like Sit, Stay, Come, Heel, and Lay Down. (Cats usually train their humans, but that’s another topic.)
Puppies and kittens are undeniably cute, but they’re quite rambunctious, and can be a lot of work to care for. They also need lots of entertainment and activity. Older pets, however, are usually more interested in napping than in racing around or making mischief. This makes them a wonderful choice for anyone who doesn’t have the energy or inclination to keep up with a furry bundle of zoom.
You may be surprised at how quickly senior pets can melt your heart. These guys are full of love and tail wags, and are often extremely affectionate. It’s also a very rewarding experience to know that you’ve given that one special animal a second chance at happiness, and a great retirement home.
Please reach out to us, your local Seminole, FL vet clinic, anytime. We are always happy to help!