The last few months have been challenging, to say the least. We’re definitely grateful for dogs! Man’s Best Friend has been right there at our sides—or on our laps—as we’ve navigated the challenges the Coronavirus pandemic has posed. Our canine companions may very well be worth their weight in gold when it comes to offering moral support and companionship. That may be one reason so many people are adopting pups right now. In fact, many shelters are finding their kennels empty for the first time ever! A Mesa, AZ vet discusses adopting Fido below.

Finding Fido

Choosing a dog isn’t always easy. Sometimes you just fall in love with a furry face. In other cases, picking the right pup is very challenging. There’s much more to consider than how cute Fido is. You really want to match your potential pet to your personality. If you’re a couch potato, you may not be the best match for a pooch that wants to run and play all the time. On the other hand, if you like hiking, you may want a strong, energetic pup that will be thrilled to accompany you. Don’t overlook the less adoptable dogs, though: sometimes they make the best pets!

Getting Ready

We recommend getting everything ready before bringing Fido home. Your furry friend will need toys, treats, bedding, dishes, a leash and collar, grooming supplies, and waste baggies. You may also want to get a water bottle with an attached dispenser, for when you’re on the go. Many of these things need to be sized properly, so it’s best to pick your pup before hitting the pet store. You’ll also want to do some petproofing. Remove or secure anything your pooch may try to eat or play with. This includes things like plastic bags, chemical, medicine, and anything small or sharp. If you have a yard, make sure that your fencing is sturdy. We also recommend removing toxic plants.

Getting To Know Fido

Going to a new home is a big deal for Man’s Best Friend, and can be a bit overwhelming. Fido may sleep a lot at first. That’s perfectly fine! You’ll want to take him to the vet ASAP. Aside from that, just focus on giving him great care, and getting that cute tail going.

Please contact us, your Mesa, AZ vet clinic, anytime. We’re here to help!