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Adopt a senior pet this month!

Adopt a senior pet this month!

Photograph courtesy of www.visualharmonyphotography.com
Jill Flynn, owner.

Why adopt an old dog?
Let's take a look at some known facts when it comes to the way people think about adopting an older dog.

What are families looking for?
Prospective families looking to adopt a new dog typically focus on one thing and that one thing is usually about adopting a puppy. Families want a puppy so that they “can grow with the family” or “is cute and cuddly."
Understandable in some situations but what about the older dogs available or the single or older couple looking to add an addition to their family?


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Is it really a good idea for a senior citizen person to adopt a young puppy that might live for 17+ years, possibly outliving them?
Too often that pet ends up at the pound because none of the remaining family are willing or able to take over the responsibility of the pet after the owner has passed away. It's a terribly sad predicament but it happens often.

Raising a puppy can be lot of work!
If you’re retired and are convinced you want a puppy instead of an older dog make sure your retirement is not going to get in the way of providing all the needs that a new puppy comes with. 

As for a young family.

If you do not have kids yet, what happens when and if you do? Will you be the "All too familiar" couple that says “We need to find a home for Buster because we have a new baby now and just don’t have time for him.”
If you adopt a pet and afterwards have children, be prepared to incorporate your pet into your new family. It’s not fair to Buster if give him up once your bouncing baby comes along. There are many resources that can assist you in preparing Buster for the new addition to the family therefore making the transition much easier and with a happier outcome for all.

We know of several Professional Dog Trainers that use positive reinforcement training. Call us for more information.

So why do people forget or simply neglect the fact that there are many senior pets that are also looking for their fur-ever homes?

Let's remember this.
When a family gives up an older pet; whatever the circumstance, what happens to that pet?
Too often the pet ends up at the nearest Rabies Animal Control, or the pound or taken to a No-Kill Animal Shelter........ IF they are lucky enough to find a shelter that has intake room.
In my opinion, another reason people by pass an older dog is that they think a senior dog will have major health issues and they don't want to deal with it mentally and financially. But do you know that puppies can also get sick?

So what is the cost of a new puppy?
Of course not that adopting a puppy can't be very fulfilling and amazing as well but we are focusing on senior pets this month so please take that into consideration while reading this article. I am not trying to disway your adopting a puppy if that truly fits your situation the best. 

On average a new puppy can cost a family $1,000 or more their first year of life. 
The factors that may lessen that amount are:
  1. If the puppy is already spayed or neutered from a shelter or adoption facility.
  2. If the puppy has already received it's first vaccines from the place of adoption.
  3. If the puppy is already microchipped from the place of adoption. 
  4. There is also some rescues that de-worm, and start the puppies on heart worm prevention.
Courtesy of, It's a Dogs Life Phothography
http://www.adogslifephoto.com/, Owner, Susan Richey

Truth of the matter is, this may save you initial costs but you will still need on-going care! 
Here's a list of some of the on-going care you will assume when adopting a puppy.
  • The remainder of the puppy's vaccines and veterinarian appointments. 
  • Monthly heart worm preventative and a heart worm TEST at the age of one.
  • House training supplies (Repetitiveness and being available to dedicate yourself to training.)
  • A dog trainer for social needs and/or if you are having issues with your pup. Your puppy will benefit greatly from a basic obedience training class. Socialization for your puppy is most important between the ages of 8 to 16 weeks and most earlier. 
  • Grooming appointments. Cute and fluffy puppies will need to have their first puppy grooming typically around 2-4 months of age and ONLY once your veterinarian feels comfortable with  your puppy's vaccine status.) Why do you need to groom your puppy? If you adopt a breed that requires regular grooming, this is a life time cost.
  • Crate training will be good for your puppy if you plan on using it for sleeping quarters or for his "safe place" when too many people are around. Remember, crate training is not only for the safety of your pet but it should be a fun place for him, his den! Dogs are den dwelling animals, therefore having a place of his own is a good thing. Never, ever scold a puppy and then put them inside their crate! It needs to be a positive place!
  • Your new pup will also need something to sleep on! A pet bed is a must!
  • Appropriate toys (each stage of pups life might require new toys) toys are an on-going expense and must be monitored when in use for your pups safety.
  • Collars and harnesses for outdoor fun are an obvious need. Safe and appropriate harnesses and collars. No shock! No Choke and no Bark collars!
  • Food and water bowls to accommodate breakfast and dinner is also a must have! 
What if you are going out of town?
Do you know a professional pet sitter that you can trust to care for your pup's needs? All of them?

All of the above puppy needs are likely more expensive than if you scheduled an appointment for your newly adopted senior pet with your veterinarian for a complete medical exam. Your veterinarian might order some or all of the following.

A geriatric profile (blood panel,) a urinalysis and maybe even a chest or abdominal X-Ray so that he or she has a starting foundation for your pet's current health status.
For geriatrics with signs of arthritis, please keep in mind that Sun Lakes Animal Hospital (480-895-7633) has Cold Laser Therapy. It's a painless way to help with arthritis. http://www.k-laserusa.com/.

Something to remember…. Senior pets are most likely already obedient, house trained and most bad habits have been gone for a long time! (Chewing on shoes, eating the couch, digging in the yard, etc.) It’s really your perfect pet! They can be just as fun as any other dog, and one thing is for sure, they will be loyal and thankful to you for the rest of their life.


Courtesy of Cow Dreamz Photography
Owner Michelle Pelberg

If the above has not convinced you…..some animal shelters will have a senior dog examined by a veterinarian prior to placing it up for adoption. 
Often health issues, blood work, urinalysis and sometimes even dental issues have already been addressed and treated. Most shelters will not adopt a pet without a microchip and current vaccines. That is a huge savings! If you ever wondered why the adoption fees vary, well, a Rescue Group is a Non-Profit Group and they depend on the adoption fees to keep them in business so they can continually rescue more pets. They are known to spend enormous amounts on their rescue animals just to get them adopted in to a fur-ever home. The adoption fee you pay covers just part of what they've actually spent.

So what will I get by adopting an older dog?
What you most likely will inherit is a loving pet that simply longs for his fur-ever family to live happily for the rest of his Golden Years and to be loved and cherished. Period. Faithful to the end. You won't regret it. 

Courtesy of Cow Dreamz Photography
Owner Michelle Pelberg

If you haven’t thought of this before but are thinking you may have a change of heart, please don’t turn away from the senior pets you encounter while searching for your perfect pet. Remember these positive facts about how wonderful you will feel and how thankful and forever grateful your new senior pet will be if you take them into your hearts.

For further information on senior pets for adoption, please check out several links.

www.azfriends.org
https://www.facebook.com/azcarerescue?pnref=lhc
www.azhumane.org
https://aawl.org/
http://www.adoptapet.com/adoption_rescue/78254.html

While there are plenty more websites you will find on the Internet, please investigate thoroughly to make sure they are a legitimate Non-Profit rescue or foundation.

Thanks pet owners! Kim MacCrone- CVT

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