May 20th is Rescue Dog Day! If you are considering adopting a new pooch, please consider a rescue dog. Many people insist that rescue dogs make the best pets, and they may be right! This is because dogs that have had a rough time are often extremely loving and loyal, and are super grateful to their owners for giving them love and care. A Fort Collins, CO vet offers some advice on adopting a rescue dog in this article.
Be Prepared To Commit
It’s easy to fall for a cute face on a social media post, but don’t adopt unless you are prepared to care for Fido for the rest of his life. Adopting a dog is a lifetime commitment. That’s really important to think about.
Don’t Expect Perfection
No matter how much time you spend with your potential pet, or how many questions you ask the shelter or fosters, there’s always a chance that Fido could have quirks or behavioral issues. It would be heartbreaking when dogs are adopted, only to be returned again, often because they are ‘too active’ or ‘not trained’. This is often for no fault of their own. Be patient!
If you have a yard, check your gate and fencing, and make sure that Fido can’t escape. You’ll also want to keep anything that could be dangerous, such as toxic plants, out of paws’ reach. Ask your vet for petproofing tips.
Keep It Steady
Our furry pals tend to thrive on a set schedule. Get Fido started on his normal routine as soon as possible, and stick to it. That will help him feel more secure.
Visit The Vet
If you’re adopting Fido from a shelter, he’s probably already fixed and current on his vaccines and parasite control. However, he will still need a good nose-to-tail exam. This is also a good time to get some advice on your new pal’s diet and care needs.
Get That Tail Going
Sadly, many rescue dogs have been through pretty rough times. Fido may be timid or scared at first. Don’t force attention on him: just ply him with toys and treats, and give him time. Taking time to walk and play with him is also important.
Please reach out with any questions or concerns about your pet’s health or care. As your Fort Collins, CO animal clinic, we are here to help!