It's that time of year again! Did you know if you adopt a pet from the Chesapeake Humane Society or Chesapeake Animal Services your first exam is FREE (with adoption paperwork)?
Here are some things you should consider before adopting a pet:
1. Be prepared ahead of time - "Pet proof" your house before bringing your new furry family member home. Make sure everyone in your family wants a new pet and is willing to help with the adjustment. Create an area where your new pet can rest comfortably. Look around and make sure valuables, shoes, and trash are all picked up and put away; you never know what your new pet will want to get in to, especially puppies and kittens.
2. Do your research - Look in to a few different breeds and research which characteristics will fit best with your family. It's also a good idea to look into medical issues that are common for a specific breed. New pets usually need vaccines and a check-up upon adoption, so it's smart to budget veterinarian costs also. Research the shelter before you go inside. Most shelters have great websites that you can search requirements for adoption and their available pets. It can be overwhelming seeing many animals and trying to pick just one.
3. Bring your other animals for a "meet & greet" - If you have other dogs or cats at home, bring them with you to meet your potential new pet. This policy is meant to ensure chemistry between the two animals and make sure there won't be any issues at home.
4. Don't be afraid to ask questions - Once you've decided on a potential new pet, don't be afraid to ask questions about the animal, such as health history or what put them in the shelter.The more information you have about the pet, the better prepared you and your family will be to provide the best home and care for your new pet.
If you have any additional questions before or after adopting a new pet, please don't hesitate to call your local veterinarian.