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Adopt a Shelter Dog Month

Did you know that October is officially Adopt A Shelter Dog Month? This is one cause that is truly near and dear to our hearts! Here, a Glendale, AZ vet discusses adopting shelter dogs.

Why Go To A Shelter?

Dogs end up in shelters for a variety of reasons. Some are turned in by owners who don’t have the time, money, or inclination to properly care for their pets. Others end up in shelters after getting lost or abandoned, or simply due to unfortunate circumstances. Giving one of these lovable pups a second chance is a wonderful act of kindness, and a great way to find your new dog. You may also save money, since adopting from shelters is typically cheaper than going to a store or breeder.

Finding Fido

Are you looking for a dog that is a specific age, color, size, or breed? If so, you’ve got a great shot at finding the perfect pup in a shelter. While many people go for puppies, don’t overlook that sweet older pooch. Many of adoptable adult dogs have been pets before, and are already trained. There’s a lot to be said for skipping housebreaking! Of course, adopting a dog is a huge commitment, so spend some time with Fido before making things official.

Getting Ready

A trip to the pet store is definitely in order. Fido will need bedding, food, toys, treats, dishes, grooming supplies, a leash and collar, and a crate. We recommend putting these things in a quiet back room at first, so your furry pal can have a comfortable place to settle in.

The First Month

Being in a shelter can be pretty scary for pets. Dogs also become very attached to their people, and often get very depressed after being separated from their previous owners. This can all take quite a toll on Fido. Your canine buddy may sleep a lot during the first few weeks. Bring your pooch to the vet for a full exam during this time. Aside from that, just focus on offering great care, and letting your new pet settle in. Starting Fido on his new routine right away will help make the transition easier, while offering toys, treats, and ear scritches will get that furry tail going.

Please contact us, your Glendale, AZ pet hospital, for all your pet’s veterinary care needs. We’re here to help!

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