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Adopting An Older Dog
Thinking about bringing a new pet into your life?
Consider adopting an older dog. They love to snuggle and snooze. Best of all, seniors already know bones are for chewing and backyards are for eliminating. But before you sign the adoption papers, consider how this pet will impact your life.
At the Sanctuary for Senior Dogs in Cleveland, Ohio, the staff urges potential owners to think about the time and care commitment involved.
“We try to stress that it’s not that much different from a dog of any other age,” says volunteer Deborah Workman.
Other things to contemplate include:
Life Span. Dogs already live such short lives. And, in fact, it may be the only real downside to ownership. With an older animal, the time you have together is much shorter.
Health: Older dogs tend to have more health problems. Do you have the financial resources and extra time needed to care for an ill animal?
Patience: A six month adjustment period may be needed.
“It takes a little longer for a senior dog to really settle in and become part of the routine,” says Workman. “People have to be willing to give them a chance.”
~ Staff, SeniorDogs.com
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