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4 Important Things to Do When You Consider Adopting a Rescue Dog from a Shelter

4 Important Things to Do When You Consider Adopting a Rescue Dog from a Shelter

Adopting a rescue dog means that you are saving a life. People think that dogs are only taken to shelters because there is something wrong with them. This is far from true. People give up their dogs because of allergies, because they cannot take care of them anymore, because they have to move, or because they didn’t realize what having a dog would be like. A rescue dog will be the most loyal and loving companion.

When you visit the shelter ready to adopt your rescue dog, you should:

Ask a Lot of Questions

Many pets are returned to a shelter or given up because the owners don’t understand what taking care of them entail. Ask about the prospective costs that you can expect. If your dog has special needs, you will probably have to prepare for extra vet costs, medication, etc. Ask about the dog’s personality, history and temperament. Ask how he is with other dogs, cats and children. Ask about their exercise and attention needs. All this information will ensure that you know what to expect.

Let Your Pets Get Acquainted

Before finalizing the adoption, ask the shelter if you can bring your other fur family members to meet the new dog. This way you will be able to see how they interact and if there may be any problems. If they get used to each other a bit, you will have no problems.

Adopt an Adult Dog

You will find many adult dogs in shelters just waiting their lives away because everyone wants a cute puppy. Everyone wanting a cute puppy is why so many bigger dogs end up in shelters because they didn’t know how big he will get. When you adopt an adult dog, you not only give him hope again, but you also know what type of dog you get. Older dogs’ personalities have settled and they are more mature and calm. Many of them have possibly been trained and will settle into your family with ease.

Don’t Give Dogs as a gift

Giving someone a dog as a gift may seem like a good idea, but you don’t know the reasons why don’t have one. If they don’t really want a dog, the dog will become unwanted and possibly end up in a shelter. Rather make sure they want one or avoid giving a dog as a gift altogether.

Rescue dogs understand how lucky they are to find a forever home. They understand that they are unwanted and that their previous humans didn’t want them anymore. They have feelings and they feel hurt and sad. When you adopt a rescue dog, you become a hero and you gain a friend for life. The rescue dogs need you, but this should not be a hasty decision. Take your time and be sure that you are ready for the commitment.

Adopt Don’t Shop: 5 Reasons Why You Should Adopt a Rescue Dog

Adopt Don’t Shop: 5 Reasons Why You Should Adopt a Rescue Dog

Shelters are overpopulated and millions of animals are euthanized every year. You can help to save these animals and give them the life they deserve. There are many reasons why you should adopt a rescue dog and we would like to share those with you.

1. Your dog will be healthy and very grateful. People have a misunderstanding about the health of shelter dogs. They are not necessarily sick or otherwise incapacitated. Many shelter animals are brought in because their owners didn’t realize how big they will get or how much money they will cost or because they have to move somewhere that doesn’t allow dogs. All the pets are healthy. Some may have special needs because of their abuse, but they are just as good as any other dog.

2. Adopting costs less than buying. If you buy a dog from a breeder or a pet shop, you will pay thousands of dollars. At a shelter, you pay an adoption fee that only covers the care and vaccinations of the dog you want to adopt. Many of them are also already house trained, socialized, and possibly even went to puppy school. No extra costs there.

3. You help solve a huge problem. Animal overpopulation is a huge problem and there are so many homeless and abused dogs in every country. By adopting a dog from a shelter, you are helping to solve the problem. People who buy from breeders who continue breeding despite the huge overpopulation problem are not making the right choice. By adopting, you are not only giving a dog a home, but you are also saying no to breeders and also opening a spot for the next animal we need to save.

4. The choices are endless. There are so many beautiful dogs in shelters that you are bound to find the perfect one for you. There are big ones, small ones, medium ones, young ones, old ones, and they all have different colors and breeds. You will find the perfect dog for your lifestyle and your personality.

5. You are saving a life. According to statistics, approximately 4 million dogs and cats are euthenized every year in the United States. This does not include the millions in other countries. No-kill shelters are overflowing and they don’t have enough funds. They don’t have a choice but to euthenize. By adopting a dog from a shelter, you are saving that dog’s life. You are making it possible for him to have a good and happy life like it was intended. You will be that dog’s hero forever.

Next time you decide you want to add a furry family member, please visit your nearest shelter and adopt from them. You will find yourself with the most loyal and lovable dog you can imagine. The dog you rescue understands very well that you are their saving grace. Do the right thing – Adopt Don’t Shop!

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Signs that Mean Your Dog Needs a Veterinarian

Signs that Mean Your Dog Needs a Veterinarian

Our dogs show us when they are unhappy or sick and we just need to make sure we pick up on the signs. We may not always understand what is wrong, but some signs mean that you need to call the vet and make sure what is wrong. Look out for these signs.

1. Difficulty breathing – this could be a sign of heart or respiratory problems. Also, look out for blue or white gums or tongue for the same reason. If your dog had an accident in water or nearly drowned, have him checked out for potential problems.

2. Signs of injury – Some injuries are small and may just need some antiseptic cleaning. However, more severe injuries that come from being hit by a car, being in a serious fight with other animals, getting shot, etc. needs to be checked. Even if it doesn’t look that bad, it is better to be sure. If your dog was in a fight with an animal that wasn’t vaccinated, it may cause him to get sick. Any wound that shows bone, torn skin, bleeds a lot or causes serious swelling, must be checked out by a vet.

3. Signs of gastrointestinal distress – Having gastrointestinal problems is very uncomfortable for your dog. You should look for signs of strain without success, a bloated abdomen, vomiting that won’t stop or contains blood, blood in the stool, bleeding rectum, or choking. These signs can also indicate that your dog may have swallowed a toy or other foreign object or got poisoned somehow.

4. Skin problems – All dogs will scratch themselves – it is normal. When the scratching becomes excessive and is causing excessive shedding, it may indicate a problem. Irritated skin, persistent scratching and chewing at the same spot, red bumps and lumps that are not normal, and maggots, are all signs that your dog needs veterinary attention.

The basic rule to follow is to seek a vet’s advice when your dog shows abnormal behavior. It is always better to be safe rather than sorry.

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