November 1 is the beginning of National Adopt a Senior Pet Month. Many people prefer puppies and kittens over older dogs and cats. That is why many pets are left at the shelter until they die. However, senior pets deserve to leave out their remaining years with a loving family.
Many shelters have fospice adoption programs. This is where an elderly pet is placed with a family that will care for them for the rest of their lives. They will also receive medical care of the rest of their lives.
Senior pets can be just as playful as younger pets. Cats and dogs are often considered senior between the ages of 7 and 9. Small dog breeds can live for 16 to 20 years. Larger dogs typically have shorter lifespans. However, they can live long lives if they are cared for properly.
It is important to take a pet to the vet once a year for an examination. They also require good nutrition and exercise. There are a number of benefits that can be reaped from owning a pet. People who own dogs are more likely to get the proper exercise. Pets can also provide companionship.
People are encouraged to adopt an older pet. The Louisiana SPCA currently has an $11 adoption special for dogs and cats that are over the age of 6. The fee includes spay/neuter, vaccinations, pet food and microchip.