Posts Tagged ‘senior pets’

Respect Your Elders – Adopt a Senior Pet!

Thursday, November 17th, 2011

Did you know that November is Adopt a Senior Pet Month?

Over 50% of pets in shelters will be euthanized, and if you are talking about a pet over the age of 3, the odds are stacked against you.  People often end up taking home bouncy puppies and cuddly kittens, which leaves many great pets without homes.

Many older pets end up in shelters and rescues not because of behavioral or medical problems, but because families just are unable to continue to care for them.  A lot of these pets are well-trained and loving companions. By taking home a mature animal you may be able to skip the not-so-fun parts of adding a new puppy or kitten to the house such as potty-training and chewed up personal items.

Many times, any medical or behavioral problems an older pet might have will have already been identified so that you can make an educated decision about taking on that particular issue.  When it comes time to add another member to your family, strongly consider adopting a senior pet. You will be saving a life and earning a lifetime of love and devotion.

If you are thinking of adopting a senior pet but have concerns, please contact us and we’ll help answer any questions you may have.

Senior Pets Need Extra Care

Thursday, October 13th, 2011

Pets are considered to be senior citizens around the age of seven.  Larger breeds may be considered “senior” even earlier.  But being a senior doesn’t mean that their time is up.  By paying extra attention to the following areas, you can help keep your old friend happy for years to come.

Wellness examinations

With every year in your pet’s life being equal to about seven in yours, it is very important that your senior animal visit the vet at least once a year (ideally twice a year) for a wellness checkup.  These visits are also an ideal time to run routine lab work.  This is the best way to catch problems early and keep your pet healthy longer.

Dental care

Oral care is one of the most overlooked areas of pet care.  A healthy mouth not only can keep your animal comfortable and happy, but can prevent serious dental problems, kidney infections, and heart conditions.

Nutrition

Older pets may require different nutrition than they did when they were younger.  Ask your veterinarian if your pet could benefit from a diet change.

Exercise

Keeping your pet active is a great way to keep weight under control.  Also, pets with arthritis benefit from being kept active.  As your pet ages, you may need to change the intensity of activity depending on its overall physical condition.

Visit our website to learn more about keeping your senior pet happy and healthy for years to come.