Age Is Just a Number for Senior Dogs

Nov 24, 2021 Soumya Vijayshankar

We start our lives as a baby, grow into adults, then work for years until we retire and live the rest of our lives doing what we like. But as we grow older, we become weaker, and that’s a bitter truth everyone has to face. At that stage, we need care, given by our partners, our children or even a caretaker. Similarly, dogs too need care during their last stages of life.

Puppies are one of the cutest animals to exist with their unlimited energy and ‘smallness.’ Doggies also take up an equal space in our lives with their affection and over-pouring love. But as they grow older, they become weaker, fall ill often and not as communicative they as used to be.

Some families who are unable to empathise with the dog that had given so much love to the family when he was young, abandon their senior dogs. Thus, it’s not uncommon to find many senior dogs in shelters and in the worst-case scenario, simply dumped on the roadside.

The adoption rate of these dogs is abysmal as the general population thinks that it is hard to take care of them But is this thought really true? Let


me clarify some points.

First, how is it beneficial to adopt senior dogs?

  1. It is easier for older dogs to adjust to humans as they have already experienced living with them. This saves time and energy for the adjustment period.
  2. Since most of them may already be trained, it would be easier for you to handle them.
  3. They are calmer and will not damage property.
  4. They give the same amount of love and affection, if not more.
  5. Older dogs are known to train younger ones by teaching them values. So, if you have a younger dog, getting an older one may help, as it would seem like getting a dog teacher.
  6. Survival rate of older dogs increase if adopted and taken care of.

Second, is it difficult to take care of older dogs?

Yes, but it is doable. Food and diet need to be in control.

  1. It is very important to give them exercise.
  2. Dental hygiene should also be monitored.
  3. Schedule regular appointments with the veterinary doctor who would guide you the various tests and their schedules.


A few years ago, my relative adopted a senior dog from the shelter. She just felt a connection with him. The dog adjusted very easily to the house, was already disciplined as he used to have owners. The dog was also an emotional therapy for her as he understood emotional changes happening in the house. For example, when she was stressed about something, he would come and sit next to her and give small kisses.

If you think about it, all the points above are things you would check for an adult dog too, just the intervals are smaller here. But yes, only adopt one if you have the time and mental energy to do so.

It may not be easy to let go when the time comes but remember, you gave the dog the happy ending they deserve. That itself is the most important point for adopting them.


Author: Soumya Vijayshankar

Soumya is an introvert who becomes an extrovert once the comfort level is reached. She is a singer and dancer by hobby. Every time she hears music, she does either of the two, sometimes even both. She believes in the idea of love and kindness as a leader to peace. She also believes in equality and tries her best to spread awareness on human rights and issues while encouraging new talent. She puts a lot of PJs as a way to entertain her companions and herself.

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