Adopting A Senior Pet

November is Adopt A Senior Pet Month! While we love seeing any pet go to a good home, this is one cause that is near and dear to our hearts. Older pets have more trouble getting adopted than younger animals, which unfortunately means that they are at higher risk of being euthanized. This is very sad, because they make absolutely wonderful animal companions. A local Forest Hill, MD vet discusses adopting senior pets in this article.


Senior dogs and cats are typically much calmer—and less destructive—than puppies and kittens. They also don’t need as much entertainment or exercise as puppies and kittens, which can be a big plus. They’re very lovable, and have a very sweet, friendly demeanor. In fact, many are super affectionate! Because they have been pets before, most of them also already understand the do’s and don’ts of being a good pet. Because of the shorter life expectancy, they’re also a great choice for anyone who isn’t sure whether they should sign on for over a decade of pet parenting. Last but not least, they’re super cute!

Veterinary Care

One of the first things you’ll want to do is take your new furry friend to the vet for a full exam. Most senior dogs and cats have already been fixed. However, you’ll want to make sure that your pet is microchipped and current on their vaccines and parasite control. A thorough exam is also in order. This will give you a good idea of your four-legged friend’s overall health. This is also a great chance for you to get some specific advice on their diet and care needs.

Settling In

Getting a new owner is a big deal to our animal companions. Your pet may need some time to settle in, and to recuperate from the stress of being in a shelter. Sometimes, older pets are also depressed about being abandoned by or separated from their former owners. Don’t force things: just focus on offering great care. Provide your new pet with comfy beds, suitable treats, and lots of ear scritches, and simply spend time with them. Many older pets really just want to love and be loved. Purrs and tail wags from older pets are truly precious!

Do you have questions about senior pet care? Contact us, your local Forest Hill, MD vet clinic, today. We’re here to help!

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