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Helping A Shelter Dog Settle In

October was Adopt A Shelter Dog Month! If you’re planning on adopting a shelter dog, you definitely have our blessing. We love seeing dogs get second chances! Going to a new home is a big deal to Fido, so you’ll want to take some steps to make the transition easy on him. Here, a Georgetown, IN vet offers some advice on helping your dog settle in.

Bringing Fido Home

Your new pup may sleep a lot at first. Being in a shelter is both scary and stressful for Man’s Best Friend! Fido may also be missing his former owner, or need to recuperate from past trauma. If possible, get him set up in a quiet back room, and just let him relax and adjust.


It may take time for you to get to know your canine buddy. Fido may have habits you don’t know about. For instance, he may have a penchant for chewing shoes, or have a digging habit. Make sure your home and yard are dog-safe. This entails removing or securing anything your pooch shouldn’t eat, such as toxic plants, wires and cords, plastic bags and ties, chemicals, medication, and anything small or sharp. Keep personal items, like shoes and books, out of paws’ reach. If you have a yard, make sure that your fencing is secure, so your pet can’t escape. We also recommend getting a self-latching gate.

A Safe Haven

You’ll need to do some shopping. A plush, super comfy bed is a definite must. Fido will also need toys, treats, food, dishes, a crate or carrier, grooming supplies, and waste baggies.


Dogs thrive on routine. Put Fido on a set schedule for meals, walks, and playtime. The sooner you get your furry friend started out on his new schedule, the better!


When walking your canine companion, use a good, sturdy leash, and keep a firm grip on it. Fido may bolt if something scares him, so you want to be prepared.

Tail Wags

Every dog is different. Some pups literally bounce with happiness when they realize they’ve been adopted. Others are more timid, and need time to settle in. Focus on giving your pooch great TLC and making him feel loved. Dogs can really blossom with love!

Please contact us, your Georgetown, IN vet clinic, for all your pet’s veterinary care needs. We’re here to help!

Adopting a Shelter Dog

Did you know that April 30 is Adopt A Shelter Pet Day? Are you considering bringing a new dog into your home? If so, adopting from a shelter is a great way to find your new pet! Below, a Georgetown, IN vet discusses adopting a shelter dog.

Reasons To Adopt From A Shelter

There are certainly many great reasons to go to a shelter. First and foremost, you’ll be giving that one special pooch a second chance at happiness. You’re also helping other homeless animals: another dog will soon occupy the space Fido vacates, and your adoption fees will help keep the shelter operating. Adopting from a shelter is also often cheaper than going to a breeder or pet store.

Getting Ready

Before the big day arrives, you’ll need to get some basic supplies. Your shopping list should include a comfy bed, toys, a leash and collar, a brush, treats, and doggy dishes. Put all these things in a quiet back room. If you know what type of food Fido has been eating, get that brand for now, and make changes only after consulting your vet. Veterinary care is also very important. Ask your vet to recommend an appointment schedule for your new pooch.

Helping Fido Settle In

Before bringing Fido home, take him for a walk around the block to burn off his excess energy. Then, bring him into the room you’ve set up. This will give your new furbaby a quiet place to settle in and get comfortable. Get a sturdy leash, in case your canine buddy gets spooked and tries to bolt unexpectedly while you’re walking him. Good fencing is also a must. Last but not least, we recommend playing with your pup every day. Playing is great for dogs’ health and well-being, and can help with many behavioral issues, such as digging.

Let Love Grow

Many people report that the dogs they’ve adopted from shelters are extremely loving and loyal. However, all of our canine friends are unique. Some pups may immediately feel at home, while others will need time to adjust. Getting to know Fido can be really fun! Just provide your pooch with excellent care and lots of TLC, and let love grow. Remember to take pictures of this special time!

Do you have any question about your dog’s health or care? Call us, your Georgetown, IN animal clinic, anytime!