Hey everyone, I’m back. After such a relaxing week, I’m fully energized and ready to bring you some of the most informative posts about animal adoption. I didn’t go on spring break with friends; I went with family. That meant a lot of the activities we did were meant for families and, well, old people. Being around a lot of happy elderly people got me thinking about elderly animals too. They deserve to be happy and carefree and have a great home. Therefore today’s post is dedicated to the old guys, the old timers, the senior citizens, and the geezers.
Those old dogs are less likely to get adopted, but that doesn’t mean they aren’t the best type of pet for you.
When adopting a senior dog from a shelter, there are some baby steps you need to take first. Dogs are used to spending most of their time in cages and not getting much sleep. The best thing to do is give your dog a nice warm, soft bed. Chances are he/she will sleep for hours. It’s best to try to get them to eat and drink. Always places a water bowl behind him.
One issue with older dogs is that they are more likely to have health problems. A common problem is hypothyroidism, which can be treated with inexpensive medicine. Dogs can also develop arthritis, which can be treated with medication and exercise and a healthy diet.
But even though there are some cons to adopting an older dog, a lot of people say they are the best type of dog to adopt. Why?
You’re giving him/her the best chance at a better life, even if it won’t be that long. You are a hero to that dog. Many people actually say that animals know when they are saved and you can tell by their actions and loyalty to you. You are literally saving the dog’s life.
Older dogs are already trained. That is a whole lot of work you don’t have to worry about doing. They know to go potty outside and not chew on your favorite pair of shoes. What more could you ask for?
They are less demanding. They don’t require the constant attention a puppy does, but that doesn’t mean you should just ignore them. Older dogs want to feel loved and cared for. They might nap more than a younger dog, but that’s great because it means you don’t have to monitor them as much. If there are children in your life, older dogs are great for kids. They won’t jump or bark or act crazy around kids. Bringing an older dog around is a good way to get children familiar with an animal without being too scared.
You never know why an older dog is in a shelter. It’s usually not even because they were a “problem dog.” Common reasons for older dogs being put into shelters are allergies, new baby, moving, loss of a job, a change in work schedule, etc.
Don’t assume the worst when seeing an old dog in a shelter. They need your help too. And adopting a senior dog could be the best decision you have ever made.