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Adopting a Senior Pet

Did you know that November is Adopt A Senior Pet Month? Older pets can make absolutely wonderful animal companions. Unfortunately, senior dogs and cats often have a very hard time finding loving homes. If you’ve decided to give an aging furball a forever home, you’re doing an extremely kind and compassionate thing. Here, a Livonia, MI vet discusses adopting a senior pet.

Shopping

When you buy pet supplies, keep your little buddy’s age in mind. A soft bed is an absolute must for older furballs. Dogs may appreciate the extra support of an orthopedic bed. If you’re getting a kitty, you may want to pick up a couple beds: senior cats are very sleepy! Fido may also find it easier to eat out of elevated dishes, while Fluffy may need a litterbox with low walls. Pet ramps or stairs may also be helpful.

Settling In

Put all of your furry friend’s things in a quiet back room. You’ll want to keep your new pet there for the first few days. Don’t be surprised if your four-legged pal sleeps a lot at first. Older dogs and cats tend to be rather drowsy to begin with, and your animal friend may also need time to recuperate from the stress of being in a shelter.

Food

If you know what your furry companion has been eating, get that same brand at first. Ask your vet for specific nutritional advice, including serving sizes, suitable snacks, and any recommended vitamins or supplements.

Veterinary Care

A trip to the vet’s is definitely in order. However, unless you think your pet may have a medical problem, you can give him a few days to settle in first. A regular exam is very important: the sooner any health issues are diagnosed and treated, the better! You’ll also want to make sure your dog or cat is spayed or neutered, microchipped, and current on all vaccines and parasite control products.

Let Love Grow

Many older pets are full of cuddles, tail wags, and purrs, and just want someone to offer them to. Of course, it may take your furry buddy time to get used to you. Don’t force attention on your new pal. Just focusing on giving your adorable pet great TLC, and let him adjust.

Do you have questions or concerns about your senior pet’s health? Contact us, your Livonia, MI animal hospital, anytime!

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