Adopting a senior pet can be a wise decision

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If you are thinking about adding a new furry addition to your family, consider taking in a senior pet instead of an adorable puppy or kitten. While sometimes people glance over the older pets available for adoption, here are some reasons why they shouldn’t be overlooked.

Benefits of adopting a senior pet

  •  No extra work – Per NBC Washington, most of the time when adopting a senior pet, they do not need the constant supervision or training that a puppy or kitten requires. In addition, most of the senior pets are already housetrained, so you do not need to spend extra time working with them on this issue.
    • In addition, with a senior pet you know the exact size your new furry family member is going to be since they are already full grown. This way you won’t need to make any exchanges to any items you have already purchased.
  • Health history – When adopting a senior pet who has been at a shelter or rescue for an extended period, their full medical history will be thoroughly documented and any medical issues will most likely be noted and have been treated.
  • Save a life – According to the ASPCA, the pets who have been at the shelters the longest are usually the senior pets and they are often at risk for euthanasia.

Once you have adopted a pet in their golden years, our veterinarians would love to meet them for an initial exam to discuss senior pet care. During this visit, your Blum veterinarian will go over senior pet specific topics such as exam schedules, symptoms to monitor and diets tailored to older pets. If you have any questions or concerns about adopting a senior pet or about your current furry family member, please call us at: (773) 327-4446.

Written for Blum Animal Hospital by Jackie Sheppard.