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Adopting a Rescued Dog

May 20th is Rescue Dog Day! We think that every dog deserves a loving forever home, and a life filled with toys, treats, belly rubs, and, most of all, love. Sadly, not all of our canine companions are that lucky. However, many dogs do get a second chance, and end up being happy, healthy, and beloved family pets. If you’re considering adopting a dog, read on! A Bee Cave, TX vet discusses adopting a rescue dog below.

Adoption Tips

When you decide to bring a dog into your home, you’re committing to caring for that pup forever. Don’t proceed unless you’re ready for that sort of commitment. We recommend matching Fido’s breed and energy to your home and lifestyle.

Puppyproofing

Make sure that your home is safe for Fido! Address anything that could be dangerous, such as toxic plants, chemicals, medication, wires and cords, plastic bags and ties, and anything small and/or sharp.

Yard

Anxiety isn’t uncommon in rescue dogs. They’re also sometimes prone to bolting, especially at first, as they are still adjusting to their new homes. If you have a yard for Fido to play in, make sure that the fencing is secure, so he can’t dig under it or jump over it. We also recommend getting a self-latching gate and a sturdy leash.

Veterinary Care

One of the first things you’ll want to do is take your pooch to the vet. Fido will need a full, nose-to-tail exam. If your canine pal hasn’t been fixed or microchipped yet, you’ll want to see to this as well. Vaccines and parasite control are also on the agenda. This is a great time to get some specific advice as to your pet’s diet or care needs!

Don’t Expect Perfection

Rescue dogs can come many different situations and circumstances. Fido may have been through illness, injury, ill treatment, or disasters, and may be a bit traumatized by his experiences. He could also have some phobias you don’t know about, and/or still need some training. Be prepared for some hiccups. If your pet shows any signs of anxiety or aggression, consult a professional dog behaviorist. Otherwise, focus on offering great care. Watching a scared pooch blossom into a happy, healthy pup is a truly amazing and beautiful experience!

Please contact us, your Bee Cave, TX pet clinic, for all your dog’s veterinary care needs. We’re here to help!

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