Adopting a Senior Pet

Did you know that November is Adopt A Senior Pet Month? This is one cause that we are happy to support! Older pets often have a very hard time getting adopted, as they are frequently passed over in favor of puppies or kittens. However, senior pets have some wonderful traits and characteristics that make them great animal companions. Here, a Newmarket, ON vet discusses adopting senior pets.

Benefits of Adopting Senior Pets

Older animals have lots of love to offer, and are chock full of purrs and tail wags. One great thing about adopting senior pets is that they often have a very calm, sweet temperament, and are usually more interested in cuddles and ear scratches than in making mischief. Also, these lovable pets are typically already trained, and don’t need as much exercise or supervision as their younger counterparts. Last but not least, older pets are absolutely adorable! You may find that the gentle dog with a grey muzzle is just as cute as that rambunctious puppy.


A trip to the pet store is definitely in order. Keep your four-legged pal’s age in mind when you go shopping. For dogs, you may want to get an orthopedic bed, while kitties will likely prefer a litterbox with low sides. Pet ramps or stairs may also be beneficial. Ask your vet for specific advice.

Helping Your New Friend Settle In

Sadly, many senior pets are abandoned by their owners, usually through no fault of their own. Dogs and cats both get very attached to their people, and this change in circumstances, coupled with the stress of being in a shelter, can really take quite a toll on them. We recommend setting up a quiet back room with food, toys, and bedding, and just letting your new furry friend relax and settle in.

Veterinary Care

Although most shelter pets are already spayed or neutered, and are current on vaccines and parasite control, we recommend scheduling a veterinary appointment right away. You’ll want to get your new pet a thorough exam, and find out about any potential medical issues they may have. This is a great time to get some specific advice on your furry pal’s care needs. For instance, if your new dog has arthritis, your vet may recommend certain supplements.

Do you have questions about senior pet care? Contact us, your Newmarket, ON pet hospital, today!

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