October is Adopt A Shelter Dog Month! This is one cause we are always happy to shed light on. If you’re ready to bring a new pooch into your life, please consider going through a shelter. A Sandwich, MA vet discusses adopting a shelter dog in this article.
Adopting a shelter pup is definitely something to feel great about! You’ll be giving that one lucky dog a new lease on life and a second chance at happiness. You’re also helping the shelter care for its other furry wards, both by freeing up spaces and by helping fund them.
Choosing a dog isn’t always easy. Sometimes, people know right away that they’ve found their pet. That isn’t always the case, though. You may find yourself trying to choose from a bunch of furry faces. Spend some time with Fido before deciding. Adopting is a lifetime commitment, so it’s important to make the right choice.
Fido may sleep a lot at first. This is normal. Being in a shelter is both stressful and scary for our canine pals. Your pup may just need to recuperate. If possible, set him up in a quiet area with bedding, food, water, toys, and treats. You’ll want to bring him to the vet within the first week or so, but other than that, just let him adjust.
In some cases, you can learn quite a bit about a shelter dog’s history. In other cases, there may not be any information available. Don’t be afraid to ask!
Fido may have some quirks you don’t know about yet. He may be terrified of storms, or have a habit of bolting after squirrels. Get a sturdy leash, and keep a good grip on it when walking your pooch.
Make your home safe for Fido by removing or securing anything that could be a hazard, such as small or sharp objects, plastic bags, and toxic plants. If you have a yard, make sure your fencing is secure.
One of the first things you’ll want to do is take Fido to the vet. Aside from that, just focus on giving your pooch great TLC. It’s a beautiful thing to see shelter dogs happy and thriving.
Please reach out to us, your Sandwich, MA vet clinic, for all your pet’s veterinary care needs. We’re here to help!