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Tips for Adopting a Shelter Dog

October is Adopt A Shelter Dog Month! This is a wonderful cause, and one that we are happy to support. We love seeing dogs get second chances! In fact, many beloved pets were adopted from shelters. Here, an Aurora, CO vet discusses adopting shelter pups.

Take Your Time

Adopting a dog is a lifetime commitment, and definitely isn’t something to take lightly. Be sure to spend time with your furry new friend before making a final decision. You may also be able to find out about his history. It never hurts to ask!

Support The Underdog

Think about what kind of dog you want. Puppies are adorable, but they do need training, which takes lots of work. Senior pooches, on the other hand, aren’t as playful, but they are also much calmer. Don’t overlook that sweet pup with a health issue. Sometimes these ‘less-than-perfect’ pets make the most lovable animal companions!

Get Ready

Do you have a yard for your canine pal to play in? If so, that’s great! Check your fencing, and make sure it is secure. If there’s a chance that Fido could dig out, bury chicken wire along the fence, and weight it down with rocks. We also recommend getting a self-latching gate. Last but not least, do some puppyproofing. Remove or secure anything that could be dangerous, such as wires and cords; chemicals; medications; and plastic bags and ties. Check your home and yard for toxic plants, and get rid of any you find.

Do Some Shopping

Before you bring Fido home, you’ll need to do some shopping. Your pup will need food, toys, treats, bedding, dishes, waste baggies, a leash, a collar or harness, and grooming supplies. We also recommend getting a crate.

Schedule A Veterinary Appointment

A thorough exam is definitely on the agenda. Fido should also be fixed, microchipped, and current on his vaccines and parasite control. While you’re there, ask for advice on your new dog’s diet care and activity needs.

Make A Friend

Going to a new home is a big deal for dogs. Fido may need time to settle in. Don’t force things: just give your pooch time to adjust. Offering toys, treats, and lots of attention will help you win his trust.

Please call us, your Aurora, CO vet clinic, for all of your dog’s veterinary care needs. We are here to help!

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