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Here at Off Leash Dog Boutique we are big fans of dog adoption. Since it’s National Senior Pet Month, we thought it would be a great time to focus on senior pet adoption and what that means to your family should you decide that a senior dog is for you. First, we have heard terms like “senior” and “geriatric” applied to dogs; but what do those terms mean? How do they differ?
To begin, senior years come before geriatric years and carts should come before horses; but that’s another matter. The prominent school of thought is that it is the dog’s size and age that determines whether they would classify as senior or geriatric. Small and medium-sized dogs tend to live longer than their large and giant-breed brothers. Vets in a VetStreet poll considered 7 the age when a small, medium or large dog would reach senior years while giant breeds got their AARP cards around 5 years of age. Small and medium-sized dogs are considered geriatric by age 11 while large dogs rounded the corner at around age 9 and giant breeds around age 7. Now that we know all about labels, let’s look at adoption.
Adopting a senior dog can be one of the most rewarding experiences your family can have; but we know there are some apprehensions, so let’s get it all out in the open.
Senior dogs deserve a loving, secure home just like any other dog and who better to provide that than you? Here are some really great reasons to consider adopting an older dog:
The most important thing is that the dog you are considering is a good fit for your household. Next time we’ll explore how to prepare for bringing your new love into your home.
Have a senior or geriatric pet adoption story? We’d love to hear it! Respond here at the blog.