Senior Pet Adoptions

October 10, 2017

Senior Pets can be super heroes!

People often hesitate to adopt senior pets for numerous reasons, including the fact that the pet is old and will obviously not live for as long as a younger pet might. Another big reason people might hesitate to adopt older pets is the fear that the pet might have health issues that they may not be able to handle. While this may be the case in some instances, health issues can be treated and shouldn’t be a huge factor when it comes to adopting a senior pet as younger pets can suffer from health issues as well. These factors may deter people from adopting senior pets but if you are looking adopt an older pet, don’t let these issues affect your decision too much.

There are benefits to adopting an older pet. A major benefit is that many of these pets are already bathroom trained and will not require the training that younger pets need when being introduced to your home. It is also important to note that these pets will have also gone through development not just physically but psychologically as well. This means that they will have developed whatever personality they have will have in the future. Another benefit of adopting an older pet is that you will be saving the animals life. If a pet is in a shelter for too long, it eventually be euthanized. There are no-kill shelters, but the animal may potentially end up living the rest of its life in the shelter, which may not provide for a good quality of life.

These benefits can far out way the negatives when adopting a senior pet, but just like when adopting a young animal, you must be ready to commit yourself to them so that they can live the rest of their life happily and comfortably with you. Senior pets deserve to be adopted just as much as younger pets. There are some concerns but they can be just as loving as a younger animal and can give the furry companionship you seek.

Courtesy of Logan Cygan, Hoffman Estates Animal Hospital

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