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Caring for Senior Pets

Just like with elderly humans, the needs and temperament of Senior Pets differ from adult pets.

  • Their joints may be a little stiffer
  • Their teeth and gums may require softer food
  • They may have toilet accidents more frequently - will your carpet tolerate this?
  • Their nutritional needs change
  • Their hearing or eyesight may be poorer
  • They may not tolerate loud noises and young children like they used to.
  • They may not tolerate other pets like they used to.

You need to be wise when having a meet & greet with a Pet Owner if they have a senior pet. Demonstrate to the Owner that you have taken the time to research the needs of senior pets and show how you can make small changes to adapt your home to suit the needs of older pets.

If their senior pet has a low noise / low socialisation tolerance level - You need to ask the Owner if a solo booking will be required (ie. not accept any other booking requests for the time senior dog or cat is staying) and perhaps ask them to pay a little higher for you to forgo other bookings with pets who can tolerate other pets and who are socialised and perhaps require less cleaning.

You need to ask the Pet Owner what they would like you to do in the event that the Senior Pet passes away.  (Usually phone the nearest Vet and ask whether they have a fridge out the back for pets who have passed away and then calmly inform the Pet Owner).