On February 23, 2020, we adopted a senior dog from the Chihuahua Rescue of San Diego County. Her name is Penny, and she’s PERFECT. Since bringing home a new pup, and a senior at that, we’ve had lots of questions about Pen and how she’s doing. So let’s jump right in for a Q&A session!
Senior dogs are often overlooked in shelter and rescue situations for one reason – they are old. With age can come issues with mobility, hearing, sight and other common concerns. But dogs in or approaching their golden years must not be dismissed. Turns out, there are several amazing reasons to adopt a senior dog. The benefits far outweigh any minor health issues they may have, and when you earn the love of a senior dog, you’ll understand how truly special they are.
There’s a lot of confusion among pet parents as to what makes a dog a “senior.” The discrepancies come from a variety of factors – age, breed, overall health and lifestyle. I personally believe that every single dog becomes a senior at a different time in their life, just like people do. But how do you know when your dog is a senior? I’ve come up with a list of signs to look for your in precious pup, and I also have suggestions for helping your aging companion.