October is Adopt A Shelter Dog Month! Of course, every month should be Adopt A Shelter Dog Month, as far as we’re concerned. Many of our adorable patients are former shelter dogs that are now living the high life as pampered pets. If you’re ready to bring a new canine companion into your home, please consider going through a shelter. Read on for some great tips from a York, PA vet on adopting Fido.

Benefits of Adopting A Shelter Dog

There are some great reasons to get your canine companion from a shelter. For one thing, you’ll be giving that one lucky dog a second chance at happiness. That’s not only a great way to get your new pet, it’s also something you can feel great about. Many people find adopting shelter dogs to be a very rewarding and wonderful experience! Plus, you’ll be able to pick your canine companion from dozens—or even hundreds—of sweet homeless pooches, at a very reasonable cost. Additionally, most shelter dogs are already fixed and current on parasite control and vaccines.

Getting Ready

When you adopt a dog, you’re starting out on a long, beautiful friendship with your new canine buddy. It’s important to start things off on a ‘pawsitive’ note. Have all of Fido’s things ready and waiting for him. Petproofing is also important. Remove or secure anything that could pose a risk to your new dog, such as toxic plants, small or sharp items, and plastic bags. Ask your vet for specific tips on this.

The First Month

Getting adopted is a big deal for Man’s Best Friend! Give your furry friend time to adjust. You’ll want to get Fido started on his new routine for meals, walks, and playtime right away. A trip to the vet’s is definitely in order. You’ll want to get your pup thoroughly examined, and get him caught up on any recommended care he may need. Aside from that, just focus on offering lots of doggy comforts, great TLC, and, of course, treats and ear scratches.

Other Ways To Help

Not quite ready to adopt a new canine companion just yet? You can still help homeless pooches. Even spreading the word on social media may make a difference. Who knows? You may change a homeless pup’s life with a few keystrokes!

As your York, PA animal clinic, we’re here to help! Call us anytime!