Consider your lifestyle, living situation, and activity level when picking a pet. Those with limited mobility may choose cats or smaller pets to dogs, which require more attention and exercise.
Consider shelter or rescue adoption. Boomers may enjoy older pets since they require less training and give company.
Your pet needs regular vet visits and vaccines. Pet health must be monitored, especially as they age. Ask your vet about elderly pet care.
Give your pet enough exercise and mental stimulation. Even elderly pets need exercise and mental stimulation. Consider moderate play or brief walks based on your pet's ability.
Feed your pet a balanced diet for its age and health. For joint, dental, and weight control, older pets may need specific diets or supplements.
Your pet needs regular grooming, brushing, and dental care. Keep their coat and teeth clean to avoid health risks.
Pet-proof your home for your pet. Make it safe and comfortable with food, water, and a place to rest.
Consider pet insurance or savings for unforeseen vet bills. This can fund emergencies or expensive treatments.