Adopting a Shelter Dog

October is Adopt A Shelter Dog Month! We love seeing any pooch go to a great forever home. However, shelter dogs do need some extra attention. There are thousands, if not millions, of sweet, lovable pups in shelters, just waiting for someone to adopt them and give them a second chance. Read on as a Columbia, MD vet discusses adopting shelter dogs.

Why Adopt From Shelters?

There are some great benefits to finding Fido at a shelter. For one thing, you’ll be able to pick from a variety of cute furry faces. It may only take one look at an adorable pup to melt your heart! You’ll also save money, as shelters are typically far cheaper than breeders or pet stores. Last but not least, saving a shelter dog and giving him a great life is really something to feel great about.

Preparing For Fido

Before you bring your new canine buddy home, you’ll need to do some shopping. Your list should include toys, treats, bedding, dishes, grooming supplies, food, a leash and collar or harness, dishes, and waste baggies. We also recommend getting Fido a crate.


A bit of doggyproofing will make your home safe for your pooch. If you have a yard, make sure your fences are secure. Remove or secure anything that could be dangerous, such as toxic plants, plastic bags and ties, small or sharp objects, medicine, chemicals, and wires and cords.

Veterinary Care

Schedule a trip to the vet as soon as possible. Most shelter dogs have already been fixed, but you’ll need to get Fido a nose-to-tail exam, and make sure he’s current on his vaccinations and parasite control products. You’ll also want to get some specific advice on his diet and care needs.

Settling In

At first, keep your dog in a quiet back room, such as a spare room. This will give him a safe space to recuperate and settle in. Fido may sleep a lot in those first few weeks, as he recovers from the stress of being in a shelter. You’ll want to get your pup started on his new routine right away. Don’t be surprised if your pet immediately decides that you’re his hero. Shelter dogs are often very loving and loyal to their human friends!

Please contact us, your Columbia, MD vet clinic, anytime. We’re dedicated to offering the best veterinary care around!

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