October is Adopt A Shelter Dog Month! This is one cause that we are happy to support. Quite a few of our canine patients were adopted from shelters, and are now happy, beloved pets. Going to a shelter is a great way to find your new furry friend! Read on as a local Pasadena, MD vet discusses adopting shelter dogs.
Adopting from a shelter is really one of the best things you can do to promote good animal welfare. First and foremost, you’ll be giving that one lucky dog a second chance at happiness, and a new lease on life. You’ll also be helping other homeless pets, both by freeing up much-needed space at the shelter, and helping support them financially.
Choosing just one pup out of a row of adorable furry faces can be pretty challenging! Shelters have dogs of all shapes, sizes, breeds, and colors, so you’ll have plenty of cute pooches to pick from. Even if you fall in love with Fido at first sight, spend some time with him before finalizing the adoption. After all, adopting a dog is a lifetime commitment. It’s important to be sure you’ve made the right choice.
Before you bring Fido home, you’ll need to do some shopping. Your canine buddy will need bedding, toys, treats, dishes, grooming supplies, a good leash, a harness or collar, a crate, and a pet first-aid kit. If you have a yard for your pup to run around in, make sure the fencing is secure. We also recommend getting a self-latching gate. Some puppyproofing is also a good idea.
Being in a shelter can be pretty scary for Man’s Best Friend. Fido may need time to recover and settle in. Don’t be surprised if your furry pal sleeps a lot at first as he recuperates. This is perfectly normal. Don’t force attention on your new canine friend. Just focus on offering him great care. A trip to the vet is definitely in order, but aside from that, just let him relax and settle in. Offer your four-legged buddy toys and treats to win his trust, and spend lots of time walking and playing with him.
Please contact us, your local Pasadena, MD vet clinic, for all of your dog’s veterinary care needs. We are here to help!