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Observe Adopt a Senior Pet Month in November

Wednesday, November 1, 2017  
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If you’re looking for a pet with a loving personality, one that is house-trained and used to living with human companions, consider adopting a senior pet.  November’s Adopt a Senior Pet Month, originated by the ASPCA (American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals), highlights the rewards of selecting a mature pet for your household.  The Arizona Veterinary Medical Association encourages potential pet owners to explore senior pet adoption, both to enjoy the benefits of owning a senior pet and to fill the need for adoption of pets that are typically left in shelters longer, sometimes due to being older.


“There are many benefits to adopting a senior pet.  Older pets tend to be less destructive, are relaxing to hang-out with and are grateful for your kindness,” says Dr. Brian Serbin of Ingleside Animal Hospital, in Phoenix, Arizona. 


Cats and small dogs are generally considered to be seniors at seven years old; larger dogs age more rapidly and are usually considered senior between five and six years old.  With regular veterinary care to manage dental, weight and health issues, senior pets can provide companionship for many years to come.  They might need a few extra accommodations such as modified exercise based on their health and abilities, quiet and comfortable places to rest and healthy diets.


Less active pet owners often find that senior pets are a perfect match to their lifestyle. They are generally easy to train, loving, and don’t require the time commitment that young pets need.  The pet/human bond that develops from saving an animal’s life can be extremely rewarding.

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