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Adopting a Shelter Dog

Did you know that October is officially Adopt A Shelter Dog Month? If you are thinking about getting a new pup, please consider going to a shelter to find your new pet. As your Marion, IA vet, I am happy to help support this great cause! I discuss adopting a shelter dog in this article.

Benefits of Adopting From A Shelter

Going to a shelter isn’t just a great way to find your canine companion: it’s also a wonderful way to support animal welfare. The shelter will use Fido’s adoption fees to feed and care for other homeless pets. Plus, the space your new four-legged friend leaves vacant will soon be filled by another cute pup in need of a forever home. You’ll also be able to rest assured, knowing that you aren’t inadvertently supporting a puppy mill or an irresponsible breeder. You may even find that adopting from a shelter is much cheaper than going to a breeder.

Choosing Fido

There are far too many sweet, lovable pets in shelters, hoping that someone will rescue them and offer them a second chance at happiness. Although some people may only need to take one look at an adorable furry face to know they’ve found their pet, others may find it hard to choose the right dog. Spend a few minutes with Fido before making a final decision. Adopting a pet is a lifelong commitment, so it’s important to choose a pooch that will fit in well with your household.

The First 30 Days

Being in a shelter can be very traumatic for our canine pals. Fido may need some time just to relax, recuperate, and nap as he is adjusting to his new surroundings. If possible, set him up in a quiet back room with food, toys, and bedding. Use a baby gate, so he can see and hear you. Don’t force attention on your new canine friend: just focus on giving great TLC. Offering treats, toys, and attention will help win your dog’s trust. As soon as you can, schedule a veterinary appointment, so your pup can have a thorough exam and any other needed care. This is also a great chance to get some advice on your new pet’s diet and care needs.

Do you have questions or concerns about your pet’s health or care? Please contact me, your local Marion, IA veterinarian, anytime!

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