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7 Reasons to Adopt a Senior Pet

February 15, 2021

Are you planning to adopt a new pet? If so, please consider getting a dog or cat in their senior years. Older pets make wonderful friends and companions, but they often have a hard time getting adopted. A local Spring Hill, TN vet lists some reasons to consider adopting a dog or cat in their golden years in this article.

No Surprises

When you get a puppy, you won’t know exactly what your furry pal will look like as an adult, or how big he or she will get. With older dogs, there’s no guesswork. You’ll also be able to get a pretty good idea of Fido’s behavior and personality.

Prior Training

Another benefit of getting an older pet? There’s a pretty good chance that he or she already knows the basic do’s and don’ts of being a pet. It’s always a nice thing to be able to skip that potty training stage!


This may very well be the biggest benefit of adopting a senior pet. Older pets tend to be very relaxed and laid-back. They have usually burnt off their zoomies, and are more interested in napping than chasing squirrels.

Lower Exercise Needs

We love our canine patients, but some of them are basically furry, four-legged bundles of zoom. Kitties can also be quite mischievous when they are young. That makes them a wonderful choice for people who are more interested in reading than in going on vigorous hikes.

Shorter Commitment

When you adopt a puppy or kitten, you’re signing on for well over a decade of pet parenting. Older animals don’t have that much time left. This can be a huge benefit for someone who’s uneasy making such a long term commitment.

Loving Demeanor

Dogs and cats in their old age often have a very sweet, lovable demeanor. Many of them really want nothing more than to hang out with their humans, collecting cuddles and ear scritches.

They’re Adorable

Last but not least, pets in their senior years are really cute! In a way, they’re even cuter than kittens and puppies.You may very well melt when you look into an older pet’s eyes and just see this sweet, friendly soul looking back at you.

Please reach out to us, your local Spring Hill, TN veterinary clinic, for all of your pet’s veterinary care needs. We are here to help! Read more about 8 Ways to Keep a Senior Dog Comfortable.

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