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Pet Talk: Benefits of adopting an older pet

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By Angela Clendenin

There’s no mistaking it, baby pets are adorable and many grow up to become magnificent companions. Unfortunately pet owners often forget the trouble involved with raising a pet from infancy, and overlook the countless mature dogs awaiting adoption from shelters and rescue organizations.
“Consider adopting an older pet if you want to skip the house-training and want an animal that may already be obedience trained,” Dr. Mark Stickney, clinical associate professor at the Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Science said. “Another benefit with older pets is that their personality is set when you meet them and any health issues, or special care needs may already be evident.”
Within the first week of bringing home an older pet, schedule a visit with your veterinarian to identify any health concerns and to update vaccinations, heartworm prevention and parasite prevention.


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