Adopt or Not to Adopt? A Decision of a Lifetime, Your Pet’s Lifetime!

1x1 pixel imageBringing a new dog into your home can be a big decision.  During the holiday it might seem like the perfect time to bring a new addition into your family.  These pets will be in your home after the holidays are over.  Pets do not always make good gifts.  However, before you do please ask yourself and your family the following questions:
  1. Why Do You Want to Adopt a Dog?Dog in trouble
  2. Have You Owned a Dog Before?
  3. What is Your Personality Type?
  4. How Much Time Do You Have to Commit to Your Dog?
  5. How Much Space Will the Dog Have to Play?
  6. Do You Have Other Dogs or Pets?
  7. What Are the Dogs Needs?
  8. Size of the Dog?
  9. Age of the Dog
  10. The Dog’s Coat
  11. The Dog’s Energy Level
  12. Does Anyone Have Allergies?

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Ask a Lot of Questions About the Dog Before Adopting!

Whether you are adopting from the humane society or a local rescue group, find out as much as possible about the dog you want to adopt.  It can take several weeks for a dog to feel comfortable in its new environment.  If you are ensure that it is the right time for a new pet, maybe consider fostering.  It allows you to help a dog who is in need of a temporary home and if its the right fit, it can be their forever home.  Don’t ever feel pressured into adopting a particular dog and do not rush either.  Remember its a commitment of both time, energy, and money for the next 10-15 years. Don’t ever adopt a dog because you feel sorry for him. If you aren’t the right fit, then he deserves to find a family that is.

Having a pet can be the greatest gift you can get, but there are a lot of factors to consider!  At Meadowlands Veterinary Hospital we wish you and your family (both old and new) a Happy Holiday Season!!!




By |December 7th, 2018|
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