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Reasons to Adopt a Senior Pet

Young animals tend to be adopted the fastest through animal shelters. Many puppies get so many applications that rescues cannot even accept any more applications on them. Senior pets, unfortunately, usually spend more time at the shelter. Often older pets end up in animal shelters at no fault of their own. Sometimes owners move, change lifestyles, or pass away. Senior pets have a lot of love left to give and make great additions to the family.

Here are some reasons to adopt a senior pet:

  1. You could be saving a life! Thankfully there are many no-kill shelters here in Nova Scotia, but in other areas of the world, many pets are not so lucky. Many animals end up euthanized due to over-crowding. Senior pets take longer to get adopted, so they tend to be more commonly euthanized in shelters.
  2. They have discounted adoption rates! Many senior pets cost less to adopt. Often the adoption rates are much lower for older animals, sometimes even free. They also came up to date on vaccines and spayed or neutered. Puppies and kittens sometimes require spay or neuter surgery still and often require booster vaccines that can be pricey.
  3. Housetraining young animals can be difficult and time-consuming. Many senior pets that are adopted come already housebroken!
  4. Training young animals can also be time-consuming, and requires a lot of patience! Many seniors come fully trained and socialized. Even if they aren’t trained, you can definitely teach an old dog new tricks!
  5. They are adorable! All animals are cute, but there is just something about a senior pet that can make my heart melt. There is a saying that says, “every white hair is one day of experience in being the very best friend you’ve ever had.”
  6. Last but not least, senior pets will appreciate you for adopting them into your family. Love and friendship don’t have an age limit, and age is not a disease. Speaking from experience, when you adopt an older pet, it seems like they manage to cram a lifetime of love into just a few years.

If you are interested in adopting a senior pet, there are many wonderful rescues locally! The SPCA, Marleys Hope, Good Bones, Elder Dog, Bide Awhile, Misfit Manor, Litters and Critters, Animal Rescue Coalition and Coastal K9 are just some of many!

Written by: Mikaila Cariou, RVT

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COVID-19: Additional measures we are taking

Dear Clients,

Due to the close contact that our work requires, we have taken additional measures to protect you and our team while providing care for your furry family members.

The following changes are effective as of Wednesday, March 18, 2020:

1. We are currently operating a "closed-waiting room" policy to protect our clients and staff. When you arrive, please remain in your vehicle and use your cell phone to call us at 902-225-7543. We will bring your pet into the hospital for an examination with the veterinarian. The veterinarian will then call you to discuss our recommended treatment plan. After your appointment, a technician will return your pet to your car and take care of any needed medications and payment.

2. We are continuing to accept appointments for urgent or sick pets only. All other services will be scheduled for a later time.

3. With dramatically increased demand and dwindling supply, combined with supplier purchase limitations, we are experiencing unprecedented difficulties in obtaining many pet foods. Although we remain in stock of many of your favourite foods, and continue to order our daily maximum allocation, we regret that we are forced to temporarily suspend special orders. Please continue to call us and we will do our best to fill your needs with food we have in stock, but we can no longer guarantee supply on all brands. We are monitoring this situation daily and will advise when this situation has eased. At this time most drugs and over the counter products remain unaffected. For food and prescription pick ups, please call us to prepay and advise us by phone when you arrive at the hospital to pick up. We will meet you at the front of the building to deliver your order. We do also have our online store available, which can be accessed from our website by clicking the Online Store button.

4. For the time being, we are not accepting cash as payment. Credit cards and debit card payments are still available.

5. Following the recommendations of our government and medical experts, we are doing our best to practice social distancing within the constraints of our jobs. We have taken these measures to avoid both contracting and facilitating the spread of this virus.

Thank you for helping us be diligent for everyone's safety. As we have heard from all levels of government, the situation is fluid, and any updates will be provided as changes occur.

- Your dedicated team at 4 Paws 24 Hour Veterinary Hospital