According to the pet experts at Ask.Vet—a Silicon Valley startup that offers live text conversations with licensed veterinarians—adopting a shelter dog is trickier than it seems, and pet owners shouldn’t take it lightly.
Here are five issues pet owners can run into with their new pooch:
- NOT PUTTING YOURSELF IN YOUR DOG’S PAWS
You might think you dog-proofed your home, but if you didn’t actually crawl around on the ground, you’re missing key hazards like stray electrical cords, slippery rugs, or dangerous chemicals.
- GIVING YOUR DOG DIARRHEA
You might be tempted to spoil your pooch with primo food off the bat, but don’t switch away from the food he was fed at the shelter too soon—or Fido’s upset stomach will lead to problems all over the rug you didn’t move.
- FORCING YOUR LOVE ON YOUR SHELTER DOG
It’s a no-brainer that you’ll want to smother Fido with cuddles when you first pick him up. But he just moved to a completely new environment and can get a little nervous—so if he’s acting a little shy, let him come to you.
- NOT MONITORING YOUR DOG’S POTTY HABITS
It’s sad, but true—dogs have to go to the bathroom several times a day, and more when they move to a new environment. If you don’t write down when Fido needs to go, Fido will go all over your floors. So familiarize yourself with when you need to take him outside!
- GIVING IN TO FIDO’S PUPPY EYES
No matter how cute Fido appears, you need to establish rules and break his bad habits as soon as he comes home. This is especially true if you have other dogs—don’t let Fido start a doggy revolt!
By giving timely advice like this to new pet parents, Ask.Vet is saving thousands of dollars in unnecessary vet visits and making the adoption process much smoother. Contact them with any adoption worries you may have today!
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