Helping Your Shelter Dog Settle In

October is Adopt A Shelter Dog Month! If you are planning to adopt a shelter dog soon, you definitely have our support! Many sweet, lovable dogs end up in shelters through no fault of their own. Giving one of these wonderful pets a second chance is a great way to adopt your new pet. Here, an Arlington Heights, TX vet discusses helping Fido settle into his forever home.


A trip to the pet store is definitely in order. Fido will need doggy toys, treats, bedding, grooming supplies, dishes, a crate, and a leash and collar. If you know what your pooch has been eating, get that same brand of food at first. Make dietary changes slowly, and only after consulting your vet.

Leash and Collar

We recommend starting Fido out with a very sturdy leash and collar. Shelter dogs often need time to adjust, and are more likely to try to escape before they are settled in. Your pup may also have habits you don’t know about yet: he could be scared of car horns, for instance, or get super excited if he sees a cat.


Do you have a backyard for your pet to play in? If so, Fido will no doubt be delighted to find himself on squirrel patrol! Just make sure that your fencing is secure. We also strongly recommend getting a self-latching gate.

Veterinary Care

Most shelter dogs are spayed or neutered and current on their vaccinations and parasite control products. However, you’ll still need to take Fido to the vet for a full exam. If your pooch hasn’t been microchipped yet, you’ll want to get that done as well. This is also a great time to get some specific advice on your pup’s diet and care needs.


Do some basic petproofing to make your home safe for Fido. Remove or secure toxic plants, plastic bags and wrappers; chemicals; medications; household and automotive products; lawn and garden products; and anything small or sharp.

Love And Tail Wags

Don’t force attention on Fido, even if you think he’s the cutest thing you’ve ever seen. Give him time to adjust, and win his trust with toys, treats, and good care. You’ll have that furry tail going in no time!

Do you have questions or concerns about your pet’s health or care? Contact us, your Arlington Heights, TX animal clinic!