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Tips on Adopting a Shelter Dog

October 01, 2017

Are you planning to adopt a new canine buddy soon? Congratulations! We are always thrilled to see dogs going to good forever homes. Since October is Adopt A Shelter Dog Month, this is a great time to discuss adopting shelter dogs. Read on for helpful doggy adoption tips from a Los Gatos, CA vet.

Benefits of Adopting From Shelters

There are many reasons to get Fido from a shelter. You’ll not only be able to pick from a variety of cute, lovable dogs, but you’ll be able to spend some time with your new furry buddy before deciding. Saving money is another big plus: going to a shelter is often much cheaper than getting a pet from a store or breeder. Adopting from a shelter is also something you can feel great about! You’ll not only be giving one lucky pup a new lease on life, but will also be promoting good animal welfare by supporting your local shelter.

Finding Fido

Choosing the right pet can be a daunting process! While some people only have to take one look at a furry face to know they’ve found their new pal, it isn’t always that easy. Shelters have a wide variety of lovable pooches. You may be able to find out quite a bit about Fido’s prior history and temperament. Don’t overlook that sweet senior dog or the pup with poor vision. Sometimes the dogs that have the hardest time finding homes turn out to be the best pets!

The First 30 Days

Being in a shelter can be very stressful for dogs. Don’t be surprised if your new pup sleeps a lot at first. This is perfectly normal. If possible, set your furry pal up in a quiet back room with food, toys, treats, and bedding, so he has a cozy, comfy place to just relax and settle in. (Note: we strongly recommend visiting the vet within the first few weeks.) Don’t force attention on your canine friend, or punish him if he does something wrong. Focus on providing great care. Offering Fido lots of toys, treats, and attention, as well as daily walks and play sessions, will help win his trust and get that cute tail wagging. Ask your vet for specific advice.

Do you have questions or concerns about your dog’s health or care? Contact us, your Los Gatos, CA pet hospital!