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Bringing a New Dog Home

Have you recently decided to adopt a dog? This is actually a great time to bring a new pup into your house! Many people are staying home a lot, which is very helpful. You may find that you have more time to train Fido than you normally would. Plus, at times like these, the comfort and companionship our canine pals offer can be very beneficial. Here, a local White Rock, TX vet offers some tips on bringing a new pooch home.

Getting Prepared

A trip to the pet store is definitely in order! Your four-legged friend will need bedding, food, treats, toys, dishes, a crate or carrier, waste baggies, grooming supplies, a pet-first aid kit, and a tie-out line. You’ll also need a good collar or harness and a few leashes. Get leashes that won’t slip or snap, just in case Fido unexpectedly tries to bolt.

Meet The Doctor

One of the first things on the agenda should be to introduce your pooch to his new vet. Fido should be microchipped, fixed, and brought current on exams, vaccinations, and parasite control. This is a great time to get some specific recommendations on your furry pal’s diet and care needs, which depend very much on his breed, age, and size.

Puppyproofing

Make sure your home is safe for Fido! Remove or secure anything that could be dangerous, such as toxic plants, chemicals, wires and cords, plastic bags and ties, medicine, and anything small or sharp. If you have a yard, make sure that your fencing is secure, so your canine companion can’t dig beneath it or jump over it. We also recommend getting a self-latching gate.

Walk First

Before bringing Fido inside, take him for a walk around the block. This will allow him to burn off any excess energy, and help him ‘reset’ a bit, so he’s ready for a fresh start.

Settling In

Big changes can be quite stressful on Man’s Best Friend. Some pooches will be overjoyed to realize they’ve been adopted. Others will be more timid. Give your new pet time to adjust. Don’t force attention on him. Just focus on offering great care. Our friendship with Fido is a beautiful gift, but it can’t be rushed. You’ll have that cute tail going before you know it!

Please contact us, your local White Rock, TX vet clinic, anytime. We’re here to help!

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