Pets are like family, so you want to ensure they will be comfortable and happy in their new home. Here are some tips to help you prepare your pets for a move to a retirement home:
While humans can live long, pets age much faster than we do. Some dogs and cats can live into their late teens, about 75 years in human years. With all that extra life comes the possibility of age-related conditions.
For instance, arthritis is common among older pets and can make it difficult to walk or even get up from a lying position. Heart disease is also common among senior dogs, making them more susceptible to heart attacks and strokes if they become stressed out by change or excitement (like moving). Diabetes can cause severe harm if left untreated, so keep an eye out for these symptoms: increased thirst and urination; increased appetite accompanied by weight loss; increased lethargy; decreased energy level when exercising normally; excessive panting when at rest.
Pet-Friendly Retirement Homes In The U.S.
Pet-friendly retirement homes are available in most states throughout the United States. The majority of these communities are located in areas that have a mild climate, such as Florida and Arizona. When choosing a pet-friendly retirement home, it’s important to consider factors like cost and location. Pet-friendly retirement homes can be more expensive than non-pet-friendly homes because they require additional amenities for your furry friend(s). Some pet-friendly retirement homes offer free accommodations for animals, while others charge an additional fee for each animal that lives there.
Prepare Your Pet For Daily Activities
You must ensure your pet is comfortable with the daily activities. Your pet should be able to get into the routine of things quickly and have no problem adjusting to its new environment. If you’re unsure whether or not your pet will be okay with a change in routine, try some new routines at home first. This way, your pets can get used to them before entering retirement homes where more people are involved and, therefore, more schedule changes.
You also need to ensure they won’t mind other pets around them since many retirement homes allow multiple animals per room. Your pet might become anxious if they see another animal sleeping with him/her on the bed or sharing space in the run-around pen (it depends on how much interaction there will be between both). Be prepared for any potential issues, so they stay manageable!
Preparing Your Pet For Emergencies
Know your pet’s symptoms, and be prepared to take them to a veterinarian if they show any signs of illness or injury. If you’re planning on moving to an assisted living community for pets, be sure its staff knows how to administer first aid when necessary.
If your pet needs surgery or anesthesia, talk with the assisted living community expert about the best way to do so safely. Your vet may also have suggestions for how to handle this situation at their office.
Moving your pet to a retirement home is something you will have to do at some point in your life, but it doesn’t have to be complicated or painful. If you follow these tips and take the time to get your pet ready for this transition, it will surely live a long and happy life with you.