Bringing Your Senior Dog Home

November is Adopt A Senior Dog Month! Of course, we think every month is a great time to adopt a senior pooch. Older dogs make wonderful pets! Read on for some great tips from a Plano, TX vet on helping Fido settle in.


Before bringing your new furry friend home, make sure you have everything ready for him. Keep your dog’s age in mind when you go shopping. One thing that is definitely worth splurging on is a comfy bed. Orthopedic beds are great for senior dogs! Elevated dishes are also beneficial for your canine buddy, as they are much easier for Fido to eat from than bowls on the floor. You may also want to get pet ramps or stairs.

Settling In

Fido may sleep a lot at first, especially if you’ve adopted him from a shelter. Being in a shelter is very stressful for dogs, so your pooch may need time to recuperate. Older pets are sometimes emotionally distraught after being separated from–or abandoned by—their prior owners. Give your new pet time to adjust.

Veterinary Care

During that first week or so, take Fido to the vet for a thorough exam. This is very important, as it will offer you a good snapshot of your pet’s health. You’ll also want to make sure your pooch has been fixed and microchipped, and is current on vaccinations and parasite control. If your canine friend does have a microchip, remember to update his records.


Our canine companions really thrive on routine. Get Fido started on his own schedule for walks, meals, and playtime right away.


It isn’t uncommon for older dogs to have accidents. This can be very embarrassing for Fido! Don’t punish your pooch for slipping up. Incontinence is often caused by medical issues, such as bladder infections, so schedule an exam immediately. If the issue can’t be resolved quickly through veterinary care, consider getting incontinence pads. Diapers may also help, but they can cause severe skin irritation if left on when wet. Ask your vet for specific advice.

Tail Wags

It’s a truly wonderful thing to see a sweet old dog getting a second chance at happiness. Pay lots of attention to Fido, and help him feel loved and safe.

Please contact us, your Plano, TX vet clinic, for all your dog’s veterinary care needs. We’re here to help!

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