Tonawanda News — I assume one of the reasons why some people choose not to adopt senior pets is the thinking that there will be more medical bills. Young animals also have many immediate medical bills, like their first vaccinations and their initial spay/neuter surgeries. All pets, apart from age, should visit a vet for regular exams, inoculations, tests, dental care and preventative medication.
Do not be afraid that you can’t teach old pets new tricks. It can be done! Just train them with positive reinforcement like you would any other animal.
Another reason why many of these senior pets do not get adopted is the notion that these pets may die shortly after they are acquired and you will be sad. Adopting the motto “‘Tis better to have loved and lost than never to have loved at all,” is not only appropriate but will hold true on both ends of the relationship. Older pets can be the most difficult to adopt, so you are truly saving a life.
The best pet caregivers are those who have patience, understand the cost requirements and who truly want a pet. Pets are not objects, so please adopt responsibly.
Kenny Coogan has a B.S. in animal behavior. Please email your questions to firstname.lastname@example.org, or search for “Critter Companions by Kenny Coogan” on Facebook.Kenny Coogan has a B.S. in animal behavior. Please email your questions to email@example.com, or search for "Critter Companions by Kenny Coogan" on Facebook.