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Adopt a Shelter Dog

Did you know that October is Adopt A Shelter Dog Month? This is a wonderful cause, and one that we’re happy to promote. Shelters are overflowing with sweet, lovable dogs in need of good homes. If you are ready to bring a new canine pal into your household, we hope you will consider adopting from a shelter. Here, a Bolingbrook, IL vet discusses adopting a shelter dog.

Benefits of Adopting From A Shelter

As you can imagine, being in a shelter isn’t very much fun for Fido. Unfortunately, because shelters are so overwhelmed, many adoptable pets have a very limited time to find new forever homes. It’s a wonderful feeling to know that you have saved an innocent animal’s life! And, because going through a shelter is typically cheaper than going to a pet store or breeder, you may also save yourself some money.

Finding Fido

Although sometimes people only have to take one look at an adorable furry face to know they’ve found their new pet, it can be tough to decide which dog to adopt. However, no matter what shape, size, age, or breed you are looking for, you’ve got a good chance of finding the perfect pet in a shelter. You can also ask about your new canine friend’s past history. You may be able to find out more than you expected! Just be sure to spend some time with Fido before making a final decision. Adopting a pet is a huge commitment!

The First 30 Days

Dogs often end up in shelters through no fault of their own, and are often very frightened and traumatized by the experience. Your pooch may need some time to just recuperate. We recommend preparing a quiet back room for Fido. Put your new four-legged buddy in there with food, toys, treats, and bedding, and just let him relax and settle in. You’ll want to bring Fido to the vet within the first week or so, for a thorough exam. This is a great chance to get some professional advice on your pet’s care needs. Aside from that, just offer new your dog lots of TLC. Offering Fido lots of walks, playtime, toys, and treats will get that cute tail wagging in no time!

Please contact us, your Bolingbrook, IL pet hospital, with any questions or concerns about your dog’s health or care. We’re here to help!

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