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Bringing Home a New Dog

Are you adopting a new dog? Congratulations! You’re doing a wonderful thing in giving that one lucky pooch a loving home! Changing households is a big deal for Man’s Best Friend, and can be very stressful. To get your furry buddy started out on the right paw in his new environment, you’ll want to take some steps to make the transition easy for him. Here, a Bee Cave, TX vet discusses bringing Fido home.

Getting Ready

You’ll to do some shopping before the big day. Fido will need bedding, toys, treats, a leash, a collar or harness, grooming supplies, waste baggies, and, of course, food. If your pet has thin fur, he may also need some doggy clothes. We recommend setting these things up in a quiet back room, so your canine friend has a quiet, comfy place to settle in. A crate is also a good idea. Last but not least, if you have a yard, make sure your fencing is secure.

Walk Around The Block

Before you bring Fido inside, take him for a vigorous walk around the block. This will burn off his excess energy, and help him ‘reset,’ so he feels calm and collected when he first sees his new home.

Settling In

Your pooch will need time to adjust to his new home. As your canine buddy is settling in, get him started on his new routine right away. A trip to the vet is definitely in order. However, unless you know or suspect that Fido has medical issues, this can wait a few days. If you know what your dog has been eating, keep getting the same brand at first. Make changes slowly, and only after consulting your vet.

Making Introductions

If you have other pets, keep your furry pals separated at first. Make introductions slowly and gradually. Don’t leave your four-legged friends together unsupervised until you’re sure they are getting along. Ask your vet for specific advice.

Tail Wag Activation

Dogs are capable of unconditional love and loyalty, but these things take time to develop. Don’t force attention on your pet. Win Fido’s trust by offering him toys and treats, and just talking to him. Daily walks and play sessions will help you bond with your dog.

Do you have questions or concerns about your dog’s health or care? Contact us, your Bee Cave, TX pet clinic, today!

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