When considering a pet for adoption, on what do you base your decision? Is it on the coloring of the pet? Breed? Personality? Age? Have you ever considered adopting a senior pet? November is Adopt a Senior Pet Month and we here at TAILS want to challenge you to re-think your ideas about adopting senior pets.
First and foremost, “senior” pets aren’t all six months from passing away. Many pets live well into their senior years with vim and vigor and have plenty of life left in them. According to Heidi Lobrise, DVM, almost 40-45 percent of all cats and dogs in the U.S. are considered “senior” pets. It all depends on the species, breed and size of the pet; in general, cats and smaller dogs tend to live longer than larger breed dogs.
Now that we’ve got that age thing out of the way, one important thing to remember about senior pets is that they do have different health care needs. Older pets are more susceptible to age-related diseases and conditions like cancer, kidney/lung/heart problems, and osteoarthritis—so they will need more frequent visits to the vet and a watchful eye for signs that the pet may be experiencing some age-related issues.
We here at TAILS love our senior pets, and we want you to discover the love and joy that senior pet companionship can offer, so we’ve put together our top three reasons to adopt a senior pet: