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Sweet and Surprising Senior Pets At Kingsbrook Animal Hospital

It’s November, and fall is well under way!  This month is the ASPCA’s National “Adopt A Senior Pet” month. Here at Kingsbrook Animal Hospital in Frederick, MD, each week in November we will focus on different topics concerning our senior furry friends, and things we can do to help make their later years more comfortable and enjoyable.

KAH assistant Tiki with her senior dog Ethel

KAH assistant Tiki with her senior dog Ethel

Often people are concerned about rescuing a dog or cat because of the perception that most animals who end up in shelters have behavior problems. Only an estimated ten percent of pets in shelters have been surrendered for behavioral reasons. The more common reasons animals end up in shelters are issues with other pets in the home; expanding their family (getting married/having a baby); allergies; divorce; financial reasons; and saddest of all, owners who pass away or are relocating to assisted living or nursing homes where they are unable to keep their beloved friend.  Many of the pets currently in animal shelters (between 60-70%) are senior pets. By shelter standards, this means they are five years old or older.

 

KAH patient Scout is a handsome and loving 7-year-old rescue.

KAH patient Scout is a handsome and loving 7-year-old rescue.

There are many great benefits to adopting an older pet. For example, their personality is already formed and easy to read; what you see is what you get, unlike with a puppy or kitten that hasn’t quite developed his or her identity yet. Another perk is that “senior” pets are more content to just be close companions. They aren’t as prone to destructive behavior or high-energy antics, so they will spend more time with their new owner (and their new owner doesn’t have to worry about training/managing a puppy or kitten!). Usually, older pets are already used to living in a house, so they arrive in their new homes housetrained/litterbox trained and accustomed to human schedules.

It’s true that some “senior” pets may require a little more right off the bat in the way of veterinary care. All pets will require preventatives and vaccinations, but an older pet usually has all of the “puppy shots” or “kitten shots” already. That being said, it’s a wise idea to take a potential new furry family member to the veterinarian right away to determine if there are any health concerns that may pose a financial problem.

Sweet, gentle rescue dog Lincoln made his first visit to KAH at 17 years old!

Sweet, gentle rescue dog Lincoln made his first visit to KAH at 17 years old!

The best advantage of all to adopting a senior dog or cat is knowing that they won’t become just a statistic–rescuing an older pet is definitely saving a life, since unfortunately these animals are at the highest risk of being euthanized because of shelter overcrowding. Welcoming one of these gentle, loving pets into a new family makes a real difference.

For more information, check out www.srdogs.com and www.petfinder.com/adopt-a-senior-pet-month.

KAH Technician Katie with patient Billy

KAH Technician Katie with patient Billy

Jamie’s Forever Home

When I was seventeen, my parents gave me permission to get my first dog. I knew I wanted a young, adult dog, a dog that would be good with cats (we had four at the time), and a small to medium sized dog. I wasn’t sure what breed would be the best fit, but I knew I wanted to adopt a dog from a rescue or shelter. So, I began my research and journey to find the perfect dog for me.

I read up on all kinds of breeds of dogs and their general temperament, grooming needs, and trainability. Once I had a general idea of what breed would be a potential match, I started searching the internet for rescues and shelters that were located close to me. Then I came across Petfinder.com.

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Petfinder.com allows you to search all rescues/shelters from all over the country. You can search by your zip code and distance and narrow your results by the type of pet you want, their breed, age, and gender. You can additionally search for pets that are housebroken, declawed, have special needs, and the rescue/shelters tell you if the pet is good with children and other pets. Petfinder.com shows you pictures and descriptions of each pet and also has helpful articles to read and resources to check out.

After looking on Petfinder.com for a few months, I found a dog whose picture melted my heart. She was perfect in every way and was located in Harrisburg, PA. I quickly contacted the rescue and set up a time to go meet her for the first time. When my parents and I pulled up to the rescue, Jamie (then named Connie), was waiting for us outside. We took her home that day and she’s been my little fur-baby ever since.

Here is a picture of little Jamie!

Jamie

 

If you are looking to rescue a pet, I would highly recommend using Petfinder.com to aid in your search. If you have questions about adoption, our team at Kingsbrook Animal Hospital would be happy to help in any way we can. We are located in beautiful Frederick, Maryland.