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The Benefits of Adopting a Senior Dog

November 1, 2016

Did you know that November is Adopt a Senior Dog Month? Senior dogs make wonderful pets, but unfortunately, they often have a very hard time getting adopted. A San Antonio, TX veterinarian lists some of the benefits of adopting older dogs in this article.

Sweet Pooches

Many older dogs naturally have a very sweet and calm demeanor. Don’t be surprised if your canine buddy melts your heart in a very short time. Fido may be perfectly content to doze off in his favorite sunbeam or on his doggy bed, and may want nothing more than to lay at your feet.

Prior Experience

Senior dogs are very often already trained, and know what is expected of them. Fido will likely already be housebroken, and may know basic commands like Sit, Stay, and Come.

Less Active

Younger dogs are often furry bundles of zoom, but older dogs are often perfectly content just to plod along beside you faithfully on a nice, peaceful walk. They also don’t need as much activity or playtime as their youthful counterparts. Senior dogs are a great choice for people who can’t keep up with frisky pets!

Shorter Commitment

One benefit of adopting older dogs is that they don’t require as long of a commitment as younger ones. If you get a puppy, you may be committing to several years of pet parenting. Because senior pets don’t have as much time left, offering an older pooch a great retirement is often a wonderful option for people who can’t make long-term commitments.

Super Loving Pets

Dogs are very intuitive, and know when they’ve been rescued. Fido often immediately adores his saviors, and repays them with unconditional love and loyalty. Older dogs may not be as quick or spry as younger pooches, but they have plenty of tail wags and doggy kisses to give.

Do A Good Deed

Helping animals is a very rewarding thing to do: that’s why we’ve all chosen it for our professions! Giving that one lucky pup a second chance is a wonderful act of kindness, and something you can feel great about.

They’re Adorable

Last but not least, older pooches are super cute! Man’s Best Friend looks adorable with grey on his muzzle!

Do you have questions about caring for a senior dog? Contact us, your San Antonio, TX veterinary clinic, today! We are always happy to help!

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North Star Animal Hospital