October is an important month for Man’s Best Friend. It’s Adopt A Dog Month! Bringing a new pup into your home definitely qualifies as a major life event in our book. Of course, those first few weeks are absolutely crucial, as they will set the stage for you and Fido’s friendship. A Carmel Valley vet offers some tips on adopting a new canine companion below.
Pick The Right Pooch
Our four-legged buddies are just as unique as people. Some are friendly and active, while others are quiet and shy. Don’t just pick the cutest pet you see. Go for the one whose personality and activity level best fits your family and household.
Before bringing Fido home, make sure that your house is safe for him. This means removing or securing things like toxic plants, small or sharp objects, plastic bags and ties, and anything else you don’t want him getting into. Pools can also be very dangerous. Ask your vet for tips.
One of the first things on your agenda should be introducing Fido to his new vet. Your furry buddy will need a nose-to-tail exam. He should also be fixed, microchipped, and current on vaccines and parasite control.
Do Some Research
Our canine companions come in many different shapes and sizes. We think they are all adorable! However, while they all have the same basic needs—food, water, shelter, and veterinary care—the nuances vary from breed to breed. A Great Dane has very different requirements than a Chihuahua! Do plenty of research, and tailor your furry pal’s care regimen to his breed, weight, and health. You’ll also want to ask your vet for advice on things like food, toys, and exercise requirements.
Make A Routine
Dogs are definitely creatures of habit. Get your new canine buddy started out on his new doggy schedule for walks, meals, and playtime right away. Fido will feel more secure on a steady routine.
Tail Wag Activation
Making sure that Fido knows he is loved and safe is very important. While we don’t normally advise going overboard on treats, they are a great way to win Fido’s heart. Petting your pooch can also help, but don’t force it. If your four-legged friend seems nervous, don’t force attention on him. Love takes time to grow!
As your Carmel Valley animal clinic, we’re always here to help. Contact us anytime!