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Getting to Know Your Shelter Dog

October is Adopt A Shelter Dog Month! While any time is a good time to adopt a shelter dog, this is definitely a perfect opportunity to bring a new pet into your home. In fact, many people have taken advantage of working remotely to adopt. An Ashburn, VA vet offers some tips on getting to know Fido below.

Puppyproofing

Never underestimate Fido’s penchant for eating things, or his ability to get into trouble. Make your home safe for your pooch by removing or securing potential hazards. This includes things like toxic plants, chemicals, medication, plastic bags and ties, and anything small or sharp.

Security

Do you have a yard for Fido to play in? If so, that’s great. Make sure that the fencing is secure, and that your pup can’t jump over it or dig under it. (Tip: to prevent digging, bury chicken wire beneath the fence, and weight it down with rocks.) We also recommend getting a self-latching gate.

Walks

Get a sturdy leash, and keep a good grip on it when walking Fido. He may have some phobias or quirks you don’t know about, and may try to run away if he sees something that scares him. He could also go after a cat or squirrel. You’ll have a harder time catching him now than you will later on, once he’s more comfortable and bonded with you.

Food

Some dogs get very uneasy about being disturbed during meals. Sadly, this is often a result of them having been underfed in the past. Pay attention to your furry pal’s behavior when he eats. If you notice any signs of food aggression, ask your vet for specific advice.

Veterinary Care

One of the first things you’ll want to do is take your canine buddy to the vet. Fido should be microchipped and fixed. He’ll also need a thorough exam, as well as vaccinations and parasite control. This is a great time to get some specific advice on his diet and care needs!

Tail Wags

Many people report that the dogs they rescued from shelters are extremely loyal and loving. That bond does need time to develop, however. Don’t force attention on Fido: just focus on offering great care, and making him feel loved and safe.

Please contact us, your Ashburn, VA vet clinic, for all your dog’s veterinary care needs. We’re here to help!

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