Adopting a Shelter Dog

Are you considering bringing a new pooch into your home? If so, this is a great time to do it: October is Adopt A Shelter Dog Month! Below, a Broken Arrow, OK vet discusses adopting a shelter pup.

Why Go To A Shelter?

There are many reasons to get your new canine buddy from a shelter. First and foremost, you’ll be saving a life. This will change Fido’s world, and can be a very beautiful and rewarding experience for you as well. You’ll also be helping other animals: another pup will quickly occupy the space your new pet leaves open, and Fido’s adoption fees will help keep the shelter operating.

Preparing For The Big Day

You’ll need to do a bit of shopping. Fido will need a comfy bed, some toys, food and water dishes, a leash and collar, and grooming supplies. We also recommend getting your canine pal a crate. If you know what your new dog has been eating, get the same brand to start, and consult your vet before making changes. Some puppyproofing is also in order. Ask your vet for specific advice.

Veterinary Care

Contact your vet to schedule an exam and any other veterinary care your pooch needs. If you have other furbabies, make sure they’re current on vaccines and parasite control.

Helping Fido Settle In

Take Fido for a long walk before you bring him inside. This will help him burn off any excess energy. Keep your new pooch in a quiet back room with all of his things at first. Don’t be surprised if your new furry friend sleeps a lot while he is settling in. Being in a shelter is extremely stressful for Man’s Best Friend, so your pup may need some time to acclimate, relax, and recharge. If you have other pets or children, ask your vet for advice on making introductions.

Tail Wags

Every dog is different. Some pooches will immediately make themselves right at home, and happily flop over for belly rubs. Others are more timid, and need time to adjust. Don’t force attention on Fido. Walk him, talk to him, and play with him daily, and offer him lots of toys and treats. You’ll have that furry tail going in no time!

Do you have any questions about dog care? Does Fido need an exam? Contact us, your Broken Arrow, OK animal clinic, anytime!

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