Events and Some Tips on Caring for Senior Pets

adopt a senior pet month

The featured senior pet for this week is Linny the Austrailian Shepard, 7 years old and available at the Larimer Humane Society. Linny is a total goofball and so darn cute. Look at that smile!

This is a bit of a light week for events due to the upcoming Thanksgiving holiday, but there are a few really good ones this weekend. To spice up the post a bit and support Adopt a Senior Pet Month, I’ve included a few tips on the benefits of older animals and insights on caring for them. They really do make great pets for so many reasons.

Enjoy Thanksgiving!

November 23rd

Loveland Cat Adoption and Resource Center Open House

The resource center is the Loveland arm of the Fort Collins Cat Rescue Spay/Neuter Clinic. They are having a grand opening this Saturday featuring adoption specials on adult cats (name your price!) and kittens between 8 weeks and 4 months old are $75. There will also be light refreshments and prize drawings. Stop by to get cat supplies, schedule clinic surgery appointments or buy some retail items to support the shelter.

When: 12 – 4 p.m.

Where: 621 E. Eisenhower Blvd. #16, Loveland, CO 80537, northwest corner of Eisenhower and Monroe

November 24th

Annual Spay-ghetti and No Balls Dinner & Craft Fair 

This event is a combined effort between the Fort Collins Cat Rescue and Spay/Neuter ClinicLarimer Humane Society and Animal House Rescue and Grooming.

This family-friendly, annual event helps bring awareness of animal overpopulation to the Northern Colorado community and raise funds to support animal welfare efforts. Tickets are now available so reserve your spot and join us for an evening of great food and fabulous crafts while raising money for homeless animals. The craft fair is free to attend. 

When: 2 – 6:30 p.m. FREE Craft Fair, 4:30 – 6:30 Spaghetti Dinner

Where: Embassy Suites in Loveland

Senior Animal Care Facts and Tips 

Older animals still have a lot of life and love to share! They are also already well-trained and past the high-energy stage of  a young critter, which means they are a lot less destructive. So why not consider an older pet the next time you want to adopt?

Here are some good things to know about the benefits of senior pets and caring for older animals.

  • A pet is considered senior by the age of 7 years old and larger breed dogs at the age of 6. That means there are no surprises about what they will grow into — what you see is what you get!
  • With an older animal you get be more selective about what you are looking for and choose exactly the attributes you want in terms of size, behavior and personality traits.
  • Senior pets are great companions for senior citizens, very relaxing to spend time with, and super grateful to have a forever home — and it shows.

Some small additional health considerations with older animals…

  • Geriatric pets can have similar problems to humans including cancer, heart disease kidney/urinary tract disease, diabetes and senility. That means it’s important to stay on top of health concerns, and that pets should have semi-annual vet visits that are more in-depth, including dental care and bloodwork. Also watch for changes in behavior as they could indicate the onset of disease.
  • Older pets need food that is easier to digest that have anti-aging nutrients, and also need to be kept mobile and active.

 

 

 

 

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