Adopting a Shelter Dog

Did you know that October is officially Adopt A Shelter Dog Month? If you are thinking of bringing a new furry buddy into your home, please consider adopting your new pet from a shelter. There are far too many sweet, lovable pooches in shelters, just hoping someone will rescue them and offer them a great forever home. Here, a Lakeville, MN vet discusses adopting shelter dogs.

Benefits of Adopting From Shelters

There are many wonderful reasons to adopt your new pet from a shelter. For one thing, you’ll be giving your new furry friend a second chance at happiness, and a fresh start. You’ll also be indirectly helping many other homeless animals, as Fido’s adoption fees will help the shelter care for other lovable pets in need of a home. Plus, going through a shelter is typically much cheaper than going to a breeder or pet store. You may even save money on veterinary care, since shelter pets are typically spayed or neutered and current on their vaccines and parasite control products.

Finding Fido

Shelters have a wide variety of dogs, so no matter what type of pooch you are looking for, there’s a good chance that you’ll find the perfect dog waiting for you in a shelter. Of course, it isn’t always easy to pick just one pup out of a crowd of adorable furry faces. Spend some time with your new canine buddy before making a final decision. After all, adopting a pet is a lifelong commitment!

The First Month

Being in a shelter environment can be pretty stressful for Fido. When you bring your canine pal home, he may need some time just to relax and recuperate. If possible, set your pooch up in a quiet back room with his bedding, toys, and food, and just let him adjust to his new home. You’ll want to schedule a veterinary appointment within the first few weeks, so your pup can get a full exam. (Tip: this is a great time to get some professional advice on your furry pal’s care needs.) Aside from that, just offer your new pet lots of TLC, as well as toys, treats, and belly rubs. You’ll have that cute tail going in no time!

Do you need to Make An Appointment for your dog? We are always here to help! Contact us, your local Lakeville, MN animal clinic, today!