5 Basics of Adopting a Pet

5 questions to ask before adopting your next petspeaking to them.

Adopting a pet is an act of love, whether it is a dog a cat or any other companion you can add a new being to your life that will fill you with joys.

In general, puppies find home faster than adult animals, so if you adopt an animal with a few years you will even be doing a great job.
That’s why we recommend you visit the shelters in your area to find homeless animals in your city. On the other hand, we would love you to send us information about your favorite refuge or the one who performs the best events in your area so we can send you our thanks and collaboration.

Now, the points to take into account

5 questions to ask before adopting your next pet

1- What veterinary care have you received?

This step is essential, whether you adopt your pet from a small or large shelter or organization, and especially if you find it on the street or receive it from someone you know, veterinary care is one of the main points to consider.

Many shelters recommend that you take your pet to the vet within a certain time, even in many cities veterinarians work with shelters to provide tests free of charge.
I recommend that you check what vaccines you have received, and all the information about any pre-existing disease you know and whether they have already performed castration or when they recommend it to be done. It is also a good idea to take it to your own trusted veterinarian so that you can confirm and present the papers.

2- What is the behavior of your next pet?

Most shelters and rescue organizations perform basic behavioral tests as part of the animal assessment, this information will help you better understand if you are the ideal family for that pet. Knowing what kind of tests they performed and their results will help you with their training if you decide to take it home. But what you should pay more attention to is the following, Temperament and behavior to determine how sociable you are with other pets, and whether it is suitable for a home with children or only with adults, these are the main points to consider about behavior.

3- What is the story of the dog?

This is essential when it comes to understanding what kind of care we should provide, how do I get to the shelter?Did he have a previous owner? Was he found abandoned? Generally the behavior of animals that have been found on the street differs from those that have been raised in a family.

Have you been mistreated? If the dog has been abused, it usually takes time and patience with them to re-develop their trust in humans. But it is a challenge that with hard work and a lot of love and patience can transform that new member into an adorable companion.
This information is important to have a better understanding of the behavior and training needs of your new dog.

4- What are the steps involved in adoption?

Different and shelters apply different rules when giving pets for adoption.
They may allow you to look for it and take it home at the moment, or they may decide to wait for castration and get the first vaccines.
It is also common to be tracked or asked to perform inspections, or in cases where you have other pets, they may ask you to meet your pre-existing pets and your new animal.

5- What food has your new dog consumed?

Some shelters send adopted pets home with a provision of food of what they have previously consumed, but if this is not the case, ideally keep the same type of food for at least a few weeks in your home, this will allow a gradual adaptation to the change of food.

You probably want to make a switch to a different food, preferably a raw or slightly cooked food, nutritionally optimal and suitable for your species, but it is not necessary that it occurs from the first day.
All of these recommendations can help you clearly identify the needs of your new partner and help you and your new pet to have a happy adaptation is this overwhelming period.

Here are some general guidelines for creating a safe environment for an abused dog:

• Make him feel welcome, loved and communicate clearly with him.

• Don’t force him into anything, let him adapt to his family and new life at his own pace; provide him with a safe place where he can be alone when he wants to.

• Protect him from his fears.

• Create opportunities for you to succeed and strengthen your trust.

• Provide a nutritionally optimal, species-specific diet, and make sure that he performs a lot of physical activity.

Rehabilitating a battered pet can present challenges, because these animals have been exposed to negative things they may not be able to unlearn, despite their best efforts. But it is important to be optimistic, because you can make a change in your life.

Written by Raul of Team Barki

Dra Karen Becker Veterinary Holistic

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