Adopting a Shelter Dog

October has gone to the dogs, and in the best way possible. It’s Adopt A Shelter Dog Month! While any month is a good time to adopt a pup, this really is a wonderful time to give a cute, homeless pup a second chance, and a new lease on life. A Tampa, FL vet discusses adopting Fido below.

Benefits Of Adopting From A Shelter

There are some great reasons to adopt from a shelter. First and foremost, you’ll be able to pick Fido from a lineup of adorable furry faces. You’ll also find that adopting from a shelter is much easier on the wallet than going through a breeder or pet store. Of course, the most important thing is that this is a wonderful way to promote good animal welfare. You’ll not only be saving a life, you’ll also be helping other homeless animals, both by making room at the shelter and helping them stay solvent financially.

Choosing Fido

Adopting a dog is a huge decision, so it isn’t something to take lightly. There are of course those magical times when someone just has to take one look at a pup to know they’ve found their pet. In other cases, it may take a bit more thought. There’s definitely lots to consider. You’ll want to factor in your household, living space, lifestyle, and other pets. Spend some time with your potential pet, and don’t be afraid to ask questions. Adoption is forever, so it’s important to make sure that you’re choosing the right pup!

The First Month

Going to a new home is a big deal for Fido. Your pet may need time to adjust. Make sure that your home is safe by doing some petproofing. You’ll want to get your canine pal started on his new schedule right away. Having a steady routine benefits dogs, and helps them feel safer. You’ll also want to address any training issues Fido has, and introduce him to his new vet. A thorough exam is definitely in order. This is also a great time to get some care tips on your furry buddy’s diet and care needs. Aside from that, just focus on offering your pet great TLC, and making sure he knows he’s safe and loved. We love seeing shelter dogs blossom!

Please reach out to us, your local Tampa, FL animal clinic, anytime. We’re here to help!

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