7 Important Lessons We Should Learn From Senior PetsWritten on November 14, 2017 by Rachael Gillis Hospital: Ethos Veterinary Health

November is Adopt a Senior Pet Month, and we at Ethos Veterinary Health think that senior pets are truly the treasure at the end of the rainbow. Unfortunately, 25% of animals surrendered to shelters are senior aged and are often overlooked by adopters who go for the younger pets. But senior pets have so much to offer and are already veterans in the game of being a good boy/girl. As a matter of fact, they can teach us some really valuable life lessons about love, friendship, and growing old. Please consider giving a senior pet a second chance the next time you’re looking to adopt a new furry family member. Here are some things you just might learn from them:


Lesson #1: Love Never Grows Old

A senior pet will slow down, take a few extra minutes to wake up in the morning, and may grow skinnier with more white hairs, but age will never change the love senior pets have for their humans. Their bodies grow old, but their love stays forever young.

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Lesson #2: Friendship Has No Expiration Date

Many senior pets, no matter how many homes and owners they’ve seen throughout their lives, will always be open to making new friends. In fact, they have mastered what it means to be a best friend in their years of experience.

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 Lesson #3: A Good Attitude is Everything

Age often brings ailments for senior pets, from arthritis to diseases to cancer. But through all the pain, medications, and trips to the vet they still manage to keep their tails wagging and their love unwavering.

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Lesson #4: A Kind Soul Takes Time

As pets age, they often become more mellow, sweeter, and enjoy the simpler, quieter things in life. Beneath the surface of even the grumpiest of old pets lies a sweet old soul that’s just a little rough around the edges.

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Lesson #5: Some Things Are Worth Waiting For

It is no secret that senior animals are often the last to get adopted in shelters. But they know better than anyone else that patience is a virtue and the time will come when they find a home worthy enough of their seasoned love.

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Lesson #6: There is No Shame in Growing Old

Inside every old pet is the young, energetic pup or kitten that they once were. Some senior pets are able to channel that youth in spurts of playtime and energy, while others are only young at heart. Either way, they aren’t afraid to take their time and live a lazy retired life. And that is just okay.

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Lesson #7: You Can Make a Difference

Welcoming a senior pet into your home can literally save a life. It is an incredibly rewarding kindness and though you won’t have as many years with them, you can make their golden years the best they deserve for which they will be forever grateful. You can be their hero.

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Before you adopt a senior pet, be sure that you are ready for the possibility of future medical expenses such as medications, supplements, senior blood panels, etc. Pet insurance is a great option for financial assistance, and luckily many pet insurance companies now offer plans for animals up to 14 years old. For help on picking the right insurance plan for you, read our Decisions in Pet Insurance blog for tips on how to get started. A senior pet can bring you years of happiness and memories and though you may need to slow down and have a little extra patience, you will surely receive lots and lots of love.

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