Helping a Senior Dog Settle In

Did you know that November is Adopt A Senior Pet Month? Senior dogs make wonderful pets! They’re not only absolutely adorable, they’re also very sweet and calm, Read on for some great tips from a local Lafayette, LA vet on helping Fido adjust to his new home.

Shopping

Before you bring Fido home, you’ll want to make sure you have everything you need. A comfy doggy bed is a must. We recommend orthopedic beds for older canines. You may also want to get pet ramps or stairs, to help your furry pal get up and down stairs or in and out of the car. Your shopping list should also include a leash and collar or harness, a crate or carrier, grooming supplies, pet wipes, and elevated doggy dishes.

Petproofing

Although older dogs are less likely to chew things than younger pups, it’s best not to take chances. Remove or secure anything that could be dangerous, such as toxic plants; plastic bags and wrappers; wires and cords; and anything small or sharp. You’ll also want to use baby gates to block off any areas that could be hazardous, such as a pool area or a set of stairs your pet may fall down.

Routines

Get your canine buddy started on his new routine for walks, naps, meals, and cuddle time right away. This will help him transition more quickly.

Veterinary Care

One of the first things you’ll want to do is take Fido to the vet. Although your canine pal will most likely be microchipped already, he’ll still need a thorough exam. You’ll also want to make sure he is microchipped and current on his vaccinations and parasite control. Ask for some professional tips on your dog’s diet and care needs while you are there.

Getting To Know Fido

Going to a new home is a big change for Fido. While some dogs will be cuddly and affectionate from the start, others may be unsettled at first, and need time to adjust. Your pooch may also have been separated from or abandoned by a previous owner, which can be quite traumatic for him. Just focus on offering your pet lots of love and TLC. You’ll have that tail going before you know it!

Please contact us, your local Lafayette, LA vet clinic, for all of your dog’s veterinary care needs. We are here to help!

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