November is Adopt a Senior Pet Month (and I’m getting this in right under the wire).

My parents’ dog, Keto, is the dog I grew up with. He is a senior dog and will be turning eight in January. The realization that he is a senior dog has gotten me thinking about what it is like living with a senior pet.

All this thinking has left me with a few questions and today I will share ten of them.

If you have answers or comments for any of them, please leave them in the comments below or send them to me at [email protected]. If not, share something about senior pets that you wonder about.

I’ll gather the questions and answers, do a little investigation myself, and then post them in a follow up post in about a week.

10 Questions About Senior Pets

  1. When is a pet considered to be a senior?
  2. Can old dogs learn new tricks?
  3. How do you know if a senior dog needs hip and joint supplements? What brand works the best? Will glucosamine help?
  4. Could a raised food and water bowl help with a dog’s joints? How high should it be?
  5. Is there anything senior pets can do that young pets can’t?
  6. Should senior pets see a veterinarian more often?
  7. Is all the testing veterinarians recommend necessary? What tests should be done and how often?
  8. What accommodations should be made in a household with a senior pet?
  9. Do senior pets cost more than young pets or vice versa?
  10. How much will a pets energy change as they get older?

Cousin Keto with Luna

Cousin Keto with Luna

Jessica Shipman

Jessica Shipman is a bargain hunter, food lover, and software engineer figuring out how to be a pet parent for the first time. Jessica has been a long time lover of all animals (especially llamas and manatees) and is happy that she can finally combine that love with technology.
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