It’s Adopt A Dog Month! Of course, as far as we’re concerned, every month should be Adopt A Dog Month. We love seeing our canine buddies get second chances, and we’re always thrilled to meet new patients. Here, a Pasadena, MD vet offers some tips on adopting Fido.
Adopting a new pet is a huge commitment. Before you proceed, make sure that you are ready, willing, and able to care for your new pooch for the rest of his life. It would be a shame for Fido to get adopted, only to be rehomed again.
Sometimes people only need one look at a furry face to know they’ve met their dog. Spend some time with your new canine friend before making a final decision. It’s important to know that you’ve picked the right pup.
Find out as much as you can about your new potential pet. In some cases, there may not be much information available. However, sometimes you can learn quite a bit. It never hurts to ask!
Before you bring your new canine companion home, make sure you have everything you need. Your shopping list should include bedding, food, toys, treats, a good leash, a collar or harness, grooming supplies, a crate or carrier, dishes, and waste baggies. You’ll also want to do some puppyproofing. Ask your vet for advice.
Going to a new home is a big change for our four-legged friends! Set Fido up in a quiet spot with all of his doggy necessities, and just let him relax and settle in to his new domain.
Dogs truly thrive when they are kept on a specific schedule for walks, meals, and playtime. Get Fido started on his new routine right away.
One of the first things you’ll want to do is take Fido to meet his new doctor. Your pup should be fixed, microchipped, and brought up to date on vaccinations and parasite control. A thorough exam is also a must.
It’s a truly amazing thing to watch dogs blossom with love and care. Spend lots of time with Fido, and walk and play with him daily.
Please reach out to us, your Pasadena, MD vet clinic, for your new dog’s veterinary care needs. We’re here to help!