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Ready for a New Pet? Adopt a Shelter Dog!

October has officially gone to the dogs: it’s Adopt A Shelter Dog Month! Shelters are overflowing with sweet, adorable canines that are in desperate need of loving homes. Below, a Niwot, CO vet discusses adopting shelter pups.

Reasons To Adopt From A Shelter

There are many wonderful reasons to adopt shelter dogs. For one thing, you’ll be giving that one special canine a second chance at happiness. You’re also benefiting other animals in need, by freeing up space at the shelter and helping them fund their work. Since adopting a shelter pup is often cheaper than going to a pet store or breeder, you may also save yourself some money.

Choosing Your Pet

When you walk into a shelter, you’ll often find dogs of all different shapes, sizes, and breeds. It can be hard to choose just one out of all those adorable faces! Take some time deciding, and spend a little time with Fido before you sign the papers. Being a pet parent is a huge commitment, so you want to be sure you’re picking the right pup!

Bringing Fido Home

Before you bring your canine pal home, you’ll need to pick up some supplies. Fido will need bedding, toys, treats, a collar and leash, dishes, and grooming supplies, and food. We recommend putting these things in a quiet back room at first, especially if you have other pets. Give your new pet plenty of time to adjust to his new home. Don’t be surprised if your pup sleeps a lot in the beginning: being in a shelter is very stressful for dogs, and your furry friend may need time to recover. Ask your vet for specific advice on Fido’s care, including tips on nutrition, exercise, and, if applicable, introducing him to your other pets.

Tail Wags And Doggy Kisses

Many people report that dogs they’ve adopted from shelters are super sweet and loving. Fido is pretty smart, and knows when someone has helped him. Your canine friend will repay your kindness with tail wags, doggy kisses, and complete devotion. These are very precious gifts, and, as far as we’re concerned, are among some of the best things in life.

Contact us, your Niwot, CO animal hospital, for all your dog’s veterinary care needs. We know pets are family, and do all we can to keep them happy and healthy.

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