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Helping Your Shelter Dog Settle In

October 1 2017

Did you know that October is Adopt A Shelter Dog Month? Many people have found their furry best friends waiting for them in shelters. People also often find that dogs they’ve adopted from shelters are extremely loyal and loving. This makes perfect sense: Fido is very intelligent, and knows when he’s been rescued. That said, that first month in a new home can be challenging for dogs. Read on as a local Grayson, GA vet discusses helping your shelter dog settle in.


You’ll need to pick up some things for your furry friend. Fido will need food, toys, bedding, treats, dishes, grooming supplies, a leash, and a collar or harness. If possible, put everything in a quiet back room at first, so your dog has a safe, comfy place to relax and settle in.

Veterinary Care

Although shelter dogs are typically spayed or neutered and current on their vaccinations, you’ll still want to make an appointment for Fido within a few weeks. Your new canine pal will need a full exam, and any other necessary care. This is a great time to get some advice on your pup’s diet and care needs.

Yard Check

Fido will no likely be delighted to find himself with a yard to play in. However, you’ll need to make sure that your fencing is secure. Keep in mind your new pet may turn out to be a digger or a great jumper, so check both the bottom and the top of the fence. We also recommend getting a self-latching gate. When you’re out there, look for any potentially-toxic plants, as well as items like tools or toys that may be hazardous.

Getting Fido Settled

Being in a shelter can be very scary and traumatic for dogs. Your canine companion may sleep a lot as he is recuperating. Just give your furry buddy lots of time to get used to his new home. Don’t force attention on your four-legged friend. Let Fido decide if he wants ear scritches or belly rubs. Offering toys and treats will help your new pet relax and settle in. With time, good care, and a lot of love, you’ll have that cute tail going in no time!

Do you have questions or concerns about your pet’s health or care? Please contact us, your Grayson, GA animal clinic! We provide the best veterinary care around!

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