November is Adopt A Senior Pet Month! Pets have really helped their humans cope with stress this year. Our canine pals have faithfully provided cuddles, comfort, and, of course, entertainment, and kept us smiling with their adorable doggy antics. Unfortunately, there are far too many dogs out there without people to love them and care for them. Senior dogs, in particular, have a very hard time getting adopted. If you are thinking about adopting a dog, please consider choosing an older dog. A Goodyear, AZ vet discusses getting Fido settled in this article.
One of the best things you can do for your canine buddy is to make sure he has a comfy bed. Fido won’t sleep comfortably on a thin pad! Orthopedic beds are great options for older dogs. You can also use a child’s mattress. Get something with a washable, waterproof cover.
Puppyproofing is a must when adopting any new dog … even ones in their golden years. With senior dogs, the focus is just a bit different. Fido has probably outgrown his habit of chewing on things, but he may still try to eat toxic plants. Check the ASPCA site here for a full list of plants. Block off areas that could be unsafe, such as stairwells and pools. If you have floors, put area rugs or runners down.
One of the first things you’ll want to do is schedule an appointment for Fido. Just like people, pets often develop medical issues as they age. Many of the common ones, such as arthritis and hearing loss, can be managed with proper care. You’ll also want to get some advice on your furry buddy’s specific diet and care needs.
Your canine companion may spend a lot of time sleeping, especially during the first few weeks. This is normal! Older dogs tend to be quite tired in general. Fido will also need to recuperate from the stress of being in a shelter. Just let him settle in. Offering lots of treats and attention will help him feel loved and safe. Senior dogs are really very sweet and affectionate, and they have a calm demeanor that is just heart-melting. You may find that your furry friend’s tail wags and affectionate cuddles really melt your heart.
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