Did you know that May 20th is Rescue Dog Day? We’re more than happy to join in on those celebrations! Rescue dogs hold a special place in our hearts. Unfortunately, not all pups are lucky enough to spend their entire lives with loving owners. While stronger laws against animal abuse are helping, there are still many pooches being rescued from situations of neglect or abuse. If you’ve adopted a rescue dog, you definitely have our support! A local Virginia Beach, VA vet discusses helping Fido adjust and settle in below.
Have all of the requisite doggy necessities, such as food, toys, bedding, and treats, waiting for your pooch before you bring him home. When you and Fido get home, take him for a walk around the block, so he can get his bearings.
One of the first things you’ll want to do is book an appointment with Fido’s doctor. Your furry buddy will need a full nose-to-tail exam. Make sure he’s caught up on vaccines and parasite control, too. Microchipping is also on the agenda. Don’t be shy about asking for advice on caring for your canine companion! That’s why we’re here!
This is very important, as you won’t really know right away what Fido likes to chew or play with, or how likely he is to try to eat something unsafe. Remove or secure potential hazards, such as toxic plants, small or sharp objects, and wires and cords.
Fido may be a bit skittish, and he could be prone to bolting. Keep him secure at all times. If you have a yard, be sure that your fencing is secure and that your gate closes securely. Keep him leashed whenever you take him out.
Your pooch may not be used to baths, or having his claws clipped. Dental care is also important! This is one area where it will really pay to do some desensitization work. Hold Fido’s furry feet, and then give him a yummy treat. Keep doing this until he tolerates having his feet handled. Then, run the clippers over his toes, and make the clicking noise of the clipper cutting. More treats! Eventually, you can start incorporating actual nail trims. You can use similar tactics for teaching your pet to accept a toothbrush.
As your Virginia Beach, VA animal clinic, we’re here to help. Call us today!