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Adopting a Senior Dog

Did you know that November is Adopt A Senior Dog Month? This is truly a cause that is near and dear to our hearts. While we love seeing any dog get adopted, we’re always thrilled when older pets find loving homes. Read on as a Matthews, NC vet discusses adopting a senior dog.

Benefits

There are many reasons to consider adopting an older dog. For one thing, they’re usually already trained. Being able to skip the housetraining stage is a definite plus! Senior dogs are typically extremely affectionate, and have a very calm, sweet demeanor that really melts hearts. They also aren’t as active or mischievous as younger pooches, so they don’t need too much entertainment or exercise. Plus, older dogs generally aren’t destructive. Fido will be much more interested in collecting belly rubs than in chasing the cat across the street! Last but not least, the commitment isn’t as long with an older pet. That makes them a great choice for people who aren’t sure about signing on for 10-15 years of pet parenting is the right move for them.

Shopping For Fido

You’ll need to make a run to the pet store before bringing Fido home. A comfy, orthopedic dog bed is a must. Older dogs often get stiff and sore, so it’s important for them to have soft beds. You may want to get elevated doggy dishes. Your canine pal will also need some toys, as well as treats, a leash or collar, grooming supplies, and waste baggies. He may also appreciate some pet ramps or stairs.

Veterinary Care

One of the first things you’ll want to do is take Fido to the vet. Most likely, your furry buddy will already be fixed, but you’ll need to make sure he has been microchipped and is up to date on his vaccinations and parasite control. A thorough exam is also recommended. This will give you a good idea of your pet’s overall health.

Quality Time

Spend lots of time with your new pup, and make sure he feels loved and safe. You may find that you love taking long, relaxing walks with your canine buddy. It’s truly a wonderful feeling to know that you’ve made a difference in a pet’s life!

Please reach out to us, your local Matthews, NC vet clinic, for all of your senior dog’s veterinary care needs. We’re here to help

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