Tips for Adopting a Senior Pet

Did you know that November is Adopt A Senior Pet Month? This is truly a cause that is near and dear to our hearts. If you are planning to adopt an older dog or cat, you definitely have our support! Read on as a Bolingbrook, IL vet offers some tips on adopting a senior pet.

Get Good Food

Proper nutrition is very important! If you know what your new pal has been eating, get that brand at first, and consult your vet before making changes. If you do need to change your pet’s menu, do so gradually, over the course of several days. You don’t want to upset that furry tummy! Certain supplements may also benefit your four-legged friend. Ask your vet for recommendations, including serving sizes and supplements.

 Schedule A Veterinary Appointment

One of the first things you’ll want to do is schedule a veterinary appointment. While most adoptable senior pets have already been spayed or neutered, you’ll want to make sure your furry friend is microchipped and current on their vaccinations and parasite control. A thorough exam is also a must. This is a great chance for you to get some professional feedback on your new pet’s diet and care needs.

Choose Senior-Friendly Products

To make sure your dog or cat is happy and comfortable in their retirement home, you’ll need to get toys, treats, food, dishes, and grooming supplies. Fido will also need a leash and a collar or harness, while Fluffy will need a litterbox. (Tip: choose one with low walls, as they are easier for senior cats to get in and out of.) A good, comfy bed is also very important. Orthopedic beds are great for older pets! You may also want to get pet ramps or stairs to help your animal companion get around more easily.

Offer A Comfy Habitat

Start your new furry pal out in a quiet back room with food, toys, treats, and comfy beds. If you have other pets, keep them separated at first. Offer lots of TLC, but don’t force attention on your new buddy. A few weeks of ear scritches, snacks, and good care will help your four-legged friend settle in.

Do you need to make an appointment for your senior pet? Please contact us, your Bolingbrook, IL pet hospital, for all of your pet’s veterinary care needs. We’re here to help!

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