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Adopt-a-Senior-Pet Month is celebrated in November. This is the perfect time to talk about the advantages that come from adopting a senior pet. Whether a senior pet is right for you depends on your lifestyle and what you want from a pet. Read on to see if a senior pet may be right for you.
When Do You Call a Pet a Senior?
Deciding when to call a pet a senior depends on the age and the breed of the pet. Typically, a pet is considered a senior around seven years of age. Even though pets may be considered senior they can still be active for years. They may eventually start to slow down and not participate in as many of their active behaviors. We consider these their geriatric years.
Pinning down a specific set of years to assign to each life stage is difficult. Much of this depends on the pet’s breed and size. Larger dogs age faster while small dogs and cats tend to live longer than their larger counterparts.
Considerations for All Adoptions
When you are considering adopting a pet, there are several things to consider before you choose the pet.
- Consider your lifestyle. Are you home enough to provide companionship to a pet at all?
- Should you get a cat or a dog? How much responsibility are you prepared to shoulder?
- How much space do you have? Do you have enough room for a small dog or cat but not enough for a large breed dog?
- Don’t forget to factor in the financial responsibility. A pet is a financial responsibility for the life of the pet. You must also be financially able to treat an emergency should one arise.
Once you have answered these questions successfully you can move on to decide if a senior dog is right for you. Senior dogs have already gone through the puppy phase and after an adjustment period should be calmer and less destructive than a puppy. Senior cats may still have plenty of spunk left in them and be ready to pounce on a toy or lie quietly in your lap. Here are some other benefits.
- Minimal to no housetraining (depending on the history of the pet)
- Senior dogs will require a little less training and activity although you can still “teach an old dog some new tricks!”
- You know how your pet will be in advance. Senior pets are already grown and you can see their personalities instantly
- Senior pets usually will be able to settle into your household much easier than a puppy. They are more relaxed and won’t require a 24/7 commitment like a puppy does.
The Benefit of Adopting a Senior Pet
The best part about rescuing a senior pet is that you know you have done something great by adopting one. Senior pets are often overlooked in shelters because people think they want puppies or kittens. Many times if you do your research you will find that a senior pet fits your lifestyle much better.
The best benefit you will get is the years of love and affection you will get from adopting a mellow, older pet. What could be better?
Preparing for Future Care
If you want to know about caring for a senior pet, stay tuned for our next blog or visit our website or Facebook page. You will be able to learn about caring for senior pets and some health issues to watch for.
Where to Adopt?
If you are interested in adopting a senior pet check out the many rescues and shelters in and around the San Antonio area.
- Helotes Humane Society
- Animal Care Services
- San Antonio Pets Alive (SAPA)
- San Antonio Humane Society
- Animal Defense League
There are many other rescues in and around San Antonio including breed specific rescues. You can find these rescues by searching the internet. Remember, it’s about the quality not quantity of time you have to spend with any pet you have so give a senior pet a try!
“Blessed is the person who has earned the love of an old dog.” (or cat) Sydney Jeanne Seward