FAQ About Senior Pets


November might be known for Thanksgiving, but this month also marks another important occasion: Adopt a Senior Pet Month.

In addition to encouraging senior pet adoptions, retailers can also celebrate by educating customers about senior pets. Here are a few facts and tips to share this month.

How old is a senior pet?
The age at which a pet is considered senior varies between species and breeds. Bigger dogs, for example, tend to have shorter life expectancies and therefore age quicker. A good rule of thumb, though, is seven years or older for most pets.

What are the benefits of adopting older pets?
Besides being pretty darn cute, senior pets also often don’t require much training. Many already understand basic commands and don’t need bathroom training. Plus, they are usually more relaxed, and therefore require less energy than younger animals.

How do I take care of a senior pet?
Like pets of all ages, senior pets crave love and companionship. Anyone who decides to adopt a pet in its twilight years should be prepared for potential health issues. These can range from hearing loss and arthritis to diabetes and cancer.

Owners of senior pets should consult their veterinarian about how to best care for their pet. Vets may recommend changes in diet, medications or the home environment to help older pets have the highest quality of life.

Pet parents can also support their senior pets by investing in products that are specially designed for older animals, and ensuring pets are regularly engaging in physical exercise and mental stimulation.


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