Just like with elderly humans, the needs and temperament of Senior Pets differ from adult dogs.
- Their joints may be a little stiffer
- Their teeth and gums may require softer food
- They may have toilet accidents more frequently - and require clean up more often.
- 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 Sitter if you have a senior pet. Don't just select a Sitter because they live close to you. Select the Sitter because they can demonstrate they have taken the time to research the needs of senior pets and ask how they can make small changes to adapt their home to suit the needs of older pets.
If your senior pet has a low noise / low socialisation tolerance level - You also need to ask the Sitter whether they are ok to have a solo booking (ie. not accept any other booking requests for the time senior dog or cat is staying with them) and perhaps even offer to pay a little higher for them to forgo those other bookings.
If your pet is starting to lose bladder or bowel control, don't book a Sitter with carpet floors. It will only lead to stress and expense - and ask them if this is going to pose a problem as they deserve the courtesy to know about any ailments and illnesses to allow them to make a judgement call as to whether their home is suitable and whether they feel they can handle it competently.