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Adopting an Older Pet: Things to Prepare

There's no rule stating that you can only adopt baby pets. After all, love comes in various ages, sizes, and shapes.

Adopting a puppy appeals to most people, given that they have the opportunity to grow with the dog, especially when there are toddlers and kids in the house.

And, there's a sad reality here- a large portion of dogs awaiting adoption around the country are old, aged seven and above.

Every pet deserves love, even the adult ones. And, you can expect their immense gratitude and affection when they're offered the opportunity to be with a human family.

This article will share some critical points regarding preparing for adult pet adoption.

Vet Checks

Given that you haven't watched the pet grow, you may want to conduct veterinary checkups to ensure that there are no underlying health complications.

Granted, the rescue organization or pound you're adopting from has most likely handled significant health issues and restored the dog to full fitness.

However, it won't hurt to stay on the safe side by going the extra mile health-wise.

Little or no potty training

When adopting an older pet, you can expect to spend little or no time giving them potty training.

Their previous owners have most likely covered the basics in this regard, and mature pets tend to have better bowel control than puppies.

Affection and cuddles

Whether you're adopting an older cat or pet, they almost seem to have a sixth sense of being given a second chance.

As a result, they're eager to give back the love and affection you show them. So, be ready for some extra clinginess, possessiveness, and warm cuddles.

You'll often wake in the middle of the night to find them cuddled up with you or have to get used to them curled up in your lap whenever you're sitting down.

Be prepared to give the love that you're offered

Adopting an older pet is not simple, as deep feelings are involved for you and the pet.

They will adore you and show you plenty of affection. However, this neediness should be a cue for you to reciprocate in kind, to help make up for the lonely times and difficulty they've been through in the past when they lost their human owners for various reasons.

So, when adopting a senior pet, be prepared to give as much love and attention as you receive.

Adjust their environment

Older dogs tend to have weaker eyesight than puppies and are vulnerable to tripping and unfortunate accidents.

To help them fit in, you'll have to make certain adjustments to your environment. Ensure that dangerous objects are out of reach and that hallways and stairs are adequately lighted at all times.

Get the right food supplements

Older pets are susceptible to stress, anxiety, and bone and joint problems.

To combat this, seek dog supplements with CBD oil, melatonin, and other soothing herbs. This helps to stem potential cognitive dysfunction.

Finally, feeding them with supplements containing chondroitin and omega-3 fatty acids helps them to manage joint pains well.

Unfortunately, you'll be spending less time with your older pet, and the eventuality of their passing can weigh significantly on your mind.

You can contact us for quality of life assessment and other services for your senior pets.


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