Dig this… a portion of this post is sponsored, but opinions are my own and 110% “pawthentic”!
November is National Adopt a Senior Pet Month created by the ASPCA and Petfinder. Since they are often the last to be adopted from shelters, seniors are at an increased risk of euthanasia. When you adopt a mature pet, you’re not only welcoming a lifetime of love into your home, you’re also saving a life.
Although they may have a little more white in their muzzles, these golden oldies still have so much to offer. Not only do they usually bond easily with their new families, they seem to be grateful for the care, comfort and love they receive.
Need another reason to adopt a mature pet? Here are five!
- They don’t require the constant monitoring that kittens and puppies do.
- Many are already housetrained/litter box trained, and even know basic commands and tricks.
- Since they’re entering “retirement,” they may not need as much exercise and entertainment as their junior counterparts.
- Size, temperament and personality are already established, so there are no surprises!
- Often just as healthy as younger dogs.
Some people are reluctant to welcome a senior pet because they’re worried that they’ll have less time with their companion. But here’s the good news! Due to advances in veterinary medicine and improvements to pet diets, pets are living longer now than ever before.
Of course, this doesn’t mean that they don’t need a little extra attention by the time they reach age 7 or so. Ater all, they age faster than we do. So mature pets should begin seeing the vet twice a year for wellness visits to catch small problems before they become big ones.
In addition, there are things you can do between vet visits to ensure your pet stays healthy and happy. Here are three of my favorite products geared toward helping pets age gracefully.
Just like people, pets can develop cognitive disorders as they age due to the loss of proteins that support brain cells. In fact, it’s estimated that half (28 million) of senior pets experience some sort of cognitive dysfunction. Neutricks is an all-natural supplement which has been shown to significantly improve behaviors associated with brain aging.
Along with regular brushings and professional teeth cleanings, you can keep dental disease at bay by offering a long-lasting dental chew like KaNoodles. This unique, tasty, pasta-based chew reduces plaque and tartar, is safe and easily digested and made with wholesome grains and Omega-3 fatty acids.
Your pet’s digestive system, (like ours) is home to billions of bacteria that keep things running smoothly. The gut is the largest immune organ in the body, and its job is to allow absorption of food, while excluding elements like bacteria and toxins.
Probios Soft Chews and Pill Pods flood your pet’s gastrointestinal system with beneficial bacteria, which assists in digestion and nutrition absorption. They can also be a defense against emotional and physiological stressors. Probiotics work best in older pets as preventive agents, so best to start them on Probios when they’re healthy.
As always, make sure you speak with your vet before starting your pet on any new medication or supplement. And if you’re ready to bring a golden oldie into your life, check out all the beautiful senior faces at Petfinder.com!
This is a sponsored post. However, all opinions and anecdotes are my own, and I never promote any products or brands I don’t believe in. ~Petfully yours, Kristen