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Adopting a Shelter Pet

April 15, 2021

April 30th is Adopt A Shelter Pet Day! If you are considering bringing a new furry pal into your home, going through a shelter is a great option. Read on for some tips from a local Salem, VA vet on adopting a shelter pet.

Choose Carefully

Shelters have pets of all shapes, sizes, breeds, colors, and ages. While it can be easy to fall for an adorable face, it’s important to make sure that you’re picking a pit that will fit into your household well. You’ll need to consider things like space, expense, training, activity and noise levels, and other pets. If you are open to adopting an older pet, learn more about the rewards and considerations with our article on Adopting A Senior Dog.

Be Prepared

Before bringing your pet home, it’s best to have everything ready. Your shopping list should include bedding, toys, treats, dishes, food, and grooming supplies. Cats need litterboxes and a few pieces of furniture, while Fido will need a good leash, a collar or harness, a tie out line, and waste baggies.

Do Some Petproofing

Make sure that your home is safe for your new friend. You’ll want to address things like toxic plants, small or sharp objects, wires and cords, and plastic bags. If you have a yard, make sure that your fencing is secure, and that your gate closes automatically.

Give It Time

It’s always heartwarming watching videos of shy shelter pets blossoming into happy, healthy balls of energy. However, those changes don’t happen overnight. Pets need a few days for the initial adjustment, a few weeks to settle in, and a few months to really feel at home. Your furry pal may also sleep a lot at first, as they recuperate from the stress of being in a shelter. Give them the space they need, and don’t force attention on them. Just be patient, and offer great care. You’ll be enjoying purrs and tail wags in no time!

Veterinary Care

Shelter pets are typically fixed and current on basic preventative care. However, you’ll need to schedule an appointment with your veterinarian. Your new arrival will need a full exam. If they haven’t been microchipped, you’ll need that done as well. Take the opportunity to ask for specific care tips on things like diet, exercise, and grooming. We love seeing pets get second chances! For all your new companion’s veterinary needs, check out our Veterinary Services.

Have you recently adopted a shelter pet? Congratulations! Please contact us, your Salem, VA pet hospital, for your furry pal’s veterinary care needs.

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