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Consider adopting an older dog
Adopting an animal can be one of the best experiences in a person's life as they are gaining a constant companion that also happens to be adorable. Most potential pet parents will head straight for the puppies at their local shelters, but adopting an adult or senior pooch may actually fit into certain peoples' lives better than a young pup.
Benefits of adopting an adult or senior dog
There are many reasons to consider adopting an adult or senior dog, starting with your lifestyle. If you are a busy young professional, you may not have the time it takes to train and teach a puppy what it needs to grow strong and healthy. For example, puppies, similar to new babies, need to use the bathroom frequently and it's your job to teach it to eliminate outdoors. Puppies also need adequate amounts of socialization – much more than senior dogs. You'll need to bring your puppy out to meet new dogs and other people frequently to ensure it isn't afraid of new things as it ages. An older dog will likely already have plenty of life lessons figured out, making it an easier transition for all. Plus, it may be happier to finally find a forever home.
Medical concerns of adopting older dogs
Although there are many benefits of adopting an adult or senior dog, there are also some medical concerns. Many dogs develop certain conditions with age like arthritis and you'll need to help it keep the painful symptoms at bay. The vet may recommend starting the dog on supplements with glucosamine for dogs such as Dasuquin to increase flexibility for your new dog. Starting it on anti-inflammatory pet drugs like Previcox or Metacam can also improve an older dog's quality of life. You may assume these problems will add up quickly in terms of veterinary bills, but it can
actually cost more to get a puppy. Puppies must get all of their vaccinations as well as get neutered or spayed – adult dogs will most likely already be up to date on these.
Make your adult dog comfortable
Once you've selected a pooch to bring home, you'll need to supply it with pet products that will make it feel comfortable and relaxed. Be sure to pick up a cozy bed like the Heater Bolster Dog Bed to relieve achy joints as well as Dog Steps with 4 Steps to help your "new" dog get off and on the furniture with ease. You'll also need bowls to store its water and senior-oriented pet food to help keep the dog healthy and safe in its new home.