November is Adopt a Senior Pet Month, and there are so many reasons why an older pet could be the perfect match for you. This month, we’ve decided to share two stories from our own staff members: Ashley and Jenn. Both Ashley and Jenn have senior dogs, but Ashley adopted hers as a senior while Jenn adopted hers as a puppy. We discussed the differences in their stories, along with the differences in each pup’s care, in order to demonstrate what senior pet ownership looks like at all stages.
Jenn adopted her lab/pit mix, Red, after a Countryside client brought him into the clinic. She had found him on the side of the road, and he was in desperate need of some love and care. Jenn knew she was just the person to provide that, and ten years later, Red is still such an important addition to her family.
Red has always been a cuddler and a bit of a couch potato, and old age has definitely made those traits more prominent. His hearing has also diminished with time, making him a very deep sleeper, and he is beginning to show signs of kidney trouble.