Senior Dog Adoption: Why You Should Consider Older Dogs

July 29th, 2011
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Adopting a senior dog has a lot of advantages. These golden oldies are already housebroken, obey obedience commands, and require significantly less exercise than their younger counterparts.

Senior dogs are also surprisingly in demand with adopters, in part because “what you see is what you get.”

A dog’s size, personality, and energy level is already known. There’s no guessing about what that small pup will become as an adult.

Here are a few things to consider before adopting a senior dog:

  • Older dogs require more potty breaks throughout the day. That means that if you work outside the home, you’ll need to install a pet door, hire a dog walker, or come home for lunch to let your dog outside to relive himself.
  • Large dogs with arthritis don’t do well in two- and three-story homes because of the stairs, and won’t be able to accompany you on lengthy walks or hikes.
  • As an older dog continues to age, he might lose their sight or hearing. Because of this, households with toddlers are not ideal, adoption experts say. Young children who accidentally startle or frighten a deaf or blind dog might get bitten, they say.
  • Another consideration is the high cost of veterinary care. A senior dog should undergo an extensive medical exam, so adopters know up front about any potential health issues.
  • To help keep future medical costs reasonable, local veterinarians with experience in treating ailing geriatric animals, and known for not pushing pricey medical procedures, are highly recommended to adopters by the rescue groups.

    Adopting an older dog is often an overlooked option, but one that many rescue groups say you won’t regret making. By giving these mellow canine companions a home, they’ll happily pay you back by filling your life with so much love and joy, you’ll wonder why you never considered it before.

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