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Tips for Adopting a Shelter Dog

October is Adopt A Shelter Dog Month! If you are ready to bring a new pooch into your home, please consider getting Fido from a shelter. We believe that every dog deserves a loving home, and days filled with treats, belly rubs, and games of Fetch. There are far too many sweet, lovable pups in kennels, just hoping someone will take them home. Read on as a North Dallas, TX vet offers some ‘pawesome’ advice on adopting Fido.

Be Prepared To Commit

When you adopt a dog, you’re making a lifetime commitment to Fido. Make sure you’re ready for that sort of commitment! If you’re not ready to sign on for years and years of pet care, consider adopting a senior pooch.

Have An Open Heart

Dogs are super cute, and it’s easy to fall in love with their adorable faces. However, don’t overlook the less adoptable pets. That sad senior dog may be the best cuddle buddy ever, while the deaf dog no one wanted may be much easier to care for than you think.

Make The Right Match

Dogs come in all shapes and sizes, and their personality and activity needs can also vary wildly. Spend time with Fido before making a final decision. You’ll need to consider your furry pal’s size, activity needs, care requirements, and personality, as well as your household, lifestyle, and other pets. It’s absolutely heartbreaking to see shelter dogs get adopted, only to get returned because they weren’t the right fit.

Be Prepared

Before bringing your new canine pal home, make sure that you have everything you need ready and waiting for him. A trip to the pet store is definitely in order. You’ll need to pick up food, treats, toys, bedding, grooming supplies, a leash and collar or harness, a tie-out line, dishes, waste baggies, and a pet first-aid kit.

Pat Yourself On The Back

When you adopt from a shelter, you’re doing something wonderful for one lucky pooch, which will change his life—and yours—forever. You’re also helping other homeless animals. You’ll be making some much-needed space in the kennel, and giving another cute pet a chance at being adopted. Plus, Fido’s adoption fees will help the shelter take care of other homeless animals.

Please contact us, your North Dallas, TX vet clinic, for all your pet’s veterinary care needs. We’re here to help!

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