November is Adopt A Senior Dog Month! Many people instinctively go for puppies when they decide to bring a pooch into their lives. However, older pets also have a lot to offer. A Fox Lake, IL vet discusses adopting a senior dog below.
There’s lots to love about senior dogs. For one thing, they’re absolutely adorable. They also tend to be very calm and affectionate. They don’t need as much activity or entertainment as puppies, which makes them a great option for someone who doesn’t have the time or energy for lots of vigorous walks and play sessions. Plus, they’re usually already trained, and typically have a pretty good idea of the do’s and don’ts of being a ‘good boy.’ Fido will also most likely be fixed already. Another great perk of older dogs is the fact that you’ll know exactly what your furry friend’s appearance, personality, and, perhaps most importantly, size is. No surprises!
Before bringing Fido home, you’ll need to do some shopping. Keep Fido’s age in mind. A comfy bed is a must. We often recommend orthopedic beds for older pups. Dogs with thin fur may also appreciate thermal blankets or beds in winter. Raised dishes and pet ramps will also help keep your canine pal comfortable. Some petproofing is also in order.
As you may know, it’s important to make changes to dogs’ food slowly. If you know what Fido has been eating, get that brand for now. When you take him to the vet, ask for specific nutritional recommendations. If you need to make changes, start by combining the two brands, and then increase the proportions of the new food.
Going to a new home is a big deal to our canine buddies. Your pup will need time to adjust. If you have other pets, introduce them slowly and carefully. Don’t be surprised if your new pooch sleeps a lot at first. Being in a shelter is emotionally exhausting and quite stressful for dogs: Fido may need to recoup. Get him started on his schedule for walks, meals, and playtime immediately. A trip to the vet is also in order. Otherwise, just let your furry buddy relax and enjoy his retirement home. You’ll have that tail going in no time!
Do you have questions about senior dog care? Contact us, your Fox Lake, IL vet clinic, today!