Should I adopt a Senior Pet?
Are you thinking about adopting a senior pet? It can be a rewarding and fulfilling experience, but it can also come with its share of challenges. If you’re stuck on the decisions, and want to weigh the pros and cons, you’ve come to the right place! We’re going to go through some of the main benefits and challenges to help you give you clarity as to whether or not it’s the right decision for you.
- Senior pets can be CALMER and more laid-back than younger pets, so they can be great companions for people who want a peaceful and serene household–or for people who are physically limited and just don’t have the stamina for a high-energy dog.
- Senior pets soak up LOVE like a sponge, so if you have lots of love to give, you will bring a senior pet back to life with your comfort, support, and love. So if you need a snuggly animal to join you as you binge your favorite Netflix show, they are the perfect fit!
- Senior pets may already have any medical issues diagnosed and under control, so their HEALTH may be more stable than that of younger pets. Plus, they've probably already had all their shots, so you don't have to worry about any pricey vet visits.
- Senior pets have EXPERIENCE. They are like the wise old grandparents of the pet world - they've been around the block a few times, and they know all the tricks. So, they can be easier to care for day-to-day than puppies who can be more like rebellious and rambunctious kids who test your patience!
- Depending on the pet, the HEALTH sector also can be on the cons side. Senior pets may have chronic health issues that require ongoing medical care and treatment. This can be challenging for pet owners who may not have the time, resources, or expertise to manage their pet's health needs. You might not need to expend yourself taking them on long walks everyday, but you may have to adhere to a strict medication routine.
- Senior pets are more likely to experience AGE-related changes, such as decreased mobility, hearing loss, and cognitive decline. This can be challenging for pet owners who may need to make adjustments to their home and lifestyle to accommodate their pet's changing needs. But, don't worry, your senior pet will still be just as adorable, even if they can't hear you calling them or they forget where they left their toy.
- Senior pets generally have a shorter life expectancy than younger pets, so pet owners may need to prepare for the possibility of LOSS of their pet sooner than they would with a younger pet. But, while it may be sad to say goodbye to your senior pet, you can take comfort in the fact that you gave them a loving home and made their golden years extra special–giving them the comfort, safety, and security they needed.
In conclusion, adopting a senior pet makes you a real live superhero– and they’ll thank you by being the very best companion. It can be a very worthwhile and rich experience, but it can also come with its share of challenges. By considering the benefits and challenges of adopting a senior pet, and being prepared to provide them with the love, care, and support they need, pet owners can help their senior pet live a happy, healthy, and fulfilling life.