Why You Should Adopt a Senior Dog


dog-hybrid-crete-petAmericans are spending more than ever on their pets, and a huge portion of that cost is healthcare. With our pets receiving top-notch care when they need it, they’re also living longer. Senior pets have special needs, and PetFirst is proud to have plans and products that address their needs.

But if you’re looking to add a new pet to the family, there are plenty of reasons why you should adopt a senior dog.

  • They’re less destructive.  Older dogs (and cats!) have already learned where to go potty, what’s okay to chew on, and what’ll get them in trouble. They’re less likely to destroy your furniture or favorite shoes.
  • They learn faster.  You CAN teach an old dog new tricks; possibly even more easily than a puppy! They have longer attention spans are more motivated by pleasing their owner than by treats (like puppies). Obedience classes or working with a trainer will help you and your adult pet find ways to communicate and achieve the behavior you want.
  • You can still find a pure breed.  Look, we know not every shelter pet is right for everyone. If you have an attachment to a certain breed of dog or cat, it’s likely that there’s a breed-specific rescue group in your area.  Search Facebook or ask around for rescue group information.
  • They’re excellent companions. The perfect match, a senior dog or cat for a senior adult who could use a daily companion.  Senior adults appreciate having a companion who will move at a slower pace and just enjoy time together.  A senior pet is more relaxed and doesn’t require the chasing, training or clean up.

There are a few things to keep in mind when it comes to owning a senior pet as far as their health is concerned.  A lot like humans, older pets do face challenges with weight and mobility changes; diabetes; and kidney, heart or liver disease. All of these conditions are manageable with proper care and instructions from your veterinarian.  To help reimburse up to 90% of these expenses, PetFirst offers pet health insurance policies that cover new diagnoses and treatment plans for senior pets.  To create your customized quote, visit www.petfirst.com or call 1-855-270-7387.



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