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Did you know that November is Adopt A Senior Pet Month? This is a wonderful cause! Older dogs and cats have many qualities that make them excellent animal companions, but they have a hard time competing with puppies and kittens when it comes to getting adopted. If you’ve decided to give a sweet, older animal a new home, you have our wholehearted support! Read on for some advice from an Oconomowoc, WI vet on helping a senior pet settle in.
Before you bring your furry friend home, you’ll need to pick up a few things. We recommend getting a good, orthopedic pet bed. You’ll also need toys, treats, dishes, and grooming supplies. If you know what your new buddy has been eating, get that same brand at first. Make any dietary changes slowly, and only after consulting your vet. If you’re getting a kitty, get a litterbox with low walls, as they are easier for older cats to get in and out of. Dogs will need a leash and collar. If your new canine buddy has thin fur, you may also want to get him a doggy sweater. Put these things in a quiet back room, so your pet has a comfy place to settle in.
Schedule a veterinary appointment for your new pet right away. A thorough exam is definitely in order. Just like people, older animals can develop certain ailments, such as arthritis. Your four-legged friend may also have vision or hearing troubles, or other medical issues. It’s important to diagnose and start treating any health problems right away. While you’re there, ask your vet for specific advice on your furry pal’s diet and care needs.
A few small touches will go a long way in helping your pet feel loved and comfortable. Setting out pet ramps or stairs will help your four-legged pal get around more easily. Turn a night light on after bedtime, so your dog or cat can find their way around at night. When leaving your pet home alone, keep a radio or TV on for them. Leave your climate control on as well. You’ll be repaid for your kindness with purrs or tail wags and unconditional love. What more could you ask for?
Do you need to make an appointment for your senior pet? Contact us, your Oconomowoc, WI pet hospital, today!