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Adopting a pet: the best way to bring home a new friend

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Every year, hundreds of animals find themselves in Fulton County shelters, waiting for a second chance at a forever home. If you’ve been considering expanding your family with a four-legged friend, adoption is a wonderful way to do it. In upstate New York and beyond, dogs and cats are yearning for love and care. Here’s why adopting a pet is the best way to bring home a new companion, and some tips to make the transition as smooth as possible

Why you should adopt your next pet

To save a life

When you adopt a pet, you are literally saving a life. Shelters across the country are filled with animals that have been abandoned, lost, or abused. These animals need homes and, without adopters, many of them face an uncertain future. By choosing to adopt, you’re giving a deserving animal a second chance at happiness.

To break the puppy mill cycle

Unfortunately, many pets still come from puppy millsโ€”large-scale breeding facilities with conditions that are often dirty and inhumane. By adopting from a shelter or rescue organization, you’re ensuring your money isn’t supporting these cruel practices. Instead, your funds go directly toward helping more animals find their forever homes.

To find the perfect match

Shelters and rescue organizations have a wide variety of pets, from kittens and puppies to senior animals. With such a diverse pool, you’re more likely to find a pet that fits your lifestyle, whether you want an energetic pup to accompany you on hikes or a calm cat to curl up with at night.

Orange cat looking upwards

To save money

Adopting a pet often comes with financial benefits. Most adopted pets are already spayed or neutered, microchipped, and vaccinated, which can significantly cut down on initial veterinary costs. Additionally, adoption fees are generally lower than the cost of buying a pet from a breeder or pet store.

senior dog

To promote the importance of spaying and neutering

Adoption promotes the spaying and neutering of pets, which plays a vital role in reducing the number of unwanted animals. This not only decreases the strain on shelters but also combats the overpopulation of pets.

Tips for adopting and transitioning your new pet into your home

1. Do Your Research

Before heading to the shelter, research the type of pet that would be best suited to your living situation and lifestyle. Consider factors like the pet’s size, energy level, and care requirements.

2. Spend Quality Time Before Adopting

Before heading to the shelter, research the type of pet that would be best suited to your living situation and lifestyle. Consider factors like the pet’s size, energy level, and care requirements.

Puppy yawning

3. Prepare Your Home

Before bringing your new pet home, make sure your house is safe and welcoming. Remove any hazardous items, create a designated space for your pet, and stock up on essential supplies like food, toys, and bedding.

4. Introduce Slowly

If you have other pets, introduce them to the new addition slowly and under controlled circumstances. Ensure both animals feel safe and secure during the introduction.

Two kittens resting and looking out a nearby window

5. Establish a Routine

Pets thrive on routine. Establish feeding, play, and exercise schedules right away. This not only helps your new pet adjust but also creates a sense of security.

6. Visit the Vet

Schedule a check-up with your vet within the first few weeks of adoption. This ensures your pet is healthy and gives you a chance to address any questions or concerns.

7. Be Patient

Adjusting to a new environment can be overwhelming for pets. Be patient and understanding as they settle in. Remember, they might be nervous or scared. Shower them with love, attention, and positive reinforcement to help them feel at home.

Start right with Dove Creek Animal Hospital

and Glove Cities Veternary Hospital

Your adoption journey doesnโ€™t end when you bring your new pet home. Ensuring their health and well-being is a continuous commitment. Bring your furry friend to Dove Creek Animal Hospital &ย  Gloves City Veterinary Hospital for a comprehensive health check. Not only will this step ensure that your pet is in optimal health, but it’s also an opportunity to start building positive veterinary experiences from the get-go.

At Dove Creek Animal and Gloves Cities Veterinary Hospitals, our compassionate team understands the unique needs of rescue and adopted pets. We strive to make every visit stress-free, ensuring your pet associates the vet with love and care. After all, we’re not just looking after their health, but we’re also fostering a lifetime of trust.

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Say hello to Emma! ๐Ÿฑโค๏ธ This sweet girl stopped by for a visit this morning.
She got to spend some time with Lindsey during her appointment. ๐Ÿ˜„
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Meet Clover! Oh, the cuteness! ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ’œ
This sweet girl stopped by for a visit this morning.
She certainly made us smile on this gloomy Thursday!
In this ๐Ÿ“ธ: Krystin and Clover ๐Ÿพ
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Debunking the myth: can you give dogs baby aspirin?

Picture this: it’s a beautiful sunny day, and you’re eagerly preparing for a long-awaited hike with your beloved canine companion Max. As you gather your gear and get ready to hit the trails, you notice Max limping, a hint of discomfort in his eyes.

Concerned, you wonder if giving him a small dose of baby aspirin could provide quick relief. After all, you’ve heard from well-meaning friends that it’s safe for dogs.

Before you reach for that bottle, let’s look a little more closely at the safety of giving dogs baby aspirin so you can make the best decisions for Max’s well-being.

We have different health requirements than our pets.

When you think of baby aspirin, your mind probably jumps to its well-known role in providing pain relief for humans. It’s a familiar sight in medicine cabinets, a go-to for our own aches and pains as well as for preventative heart healthcare. With such a helpful reputation, it might be natural to assume it would be just as helpful for your dog. However, dogs and humans have distinct physiologies that necessitate different approaches to medication.

Dogs metabolize drugs differently than humans, which means what might be safe and effective for us could pose potential risks to our furry friends. That’s why it’s important to seek the professional advice of a veterinarian before giving any medication, including baby aspirin, to your dog. Veterinarians are well-versed in the complexities of canine physiology. We understand how drugs interact within a dog’s system, taking into account factors such as size, breed, age, and overall health.

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Potential risks and side effects of baby aspirin among dogs

Dogs may experience a range of adverse reactions after ingesting baby aspirin. One of the primary concerns is gastrointestinal distress. Baby aspirin, like its adult counterpart, can irritate the delicate lining of a dog’s stomach and intestines, leading to symptoms such as vomiting, diarrhea, and even the development of gastric ulcers. These conditions can be painful and potentially life-threatening if left untreated.

Another significant risk associated with baby aspirin usage in dogs is its impact on blood clotting. Aspirin, in any form, has antiplatelet properties, which means it can interfere with the blood’s ability to form clots. While this can be beneficial in certain medical conditions in humans, it can be problematic for dogs, especially if they have underlying bleeding disorders or are already on medications that affect blood clotting.

Proper pain management for dogs

As responsible dog owners, our priority is always to ensure the comfort and well-being of our beloved pets. When it comes to pain management, it’s crucial to explore alternative options that prioritize their safety and provide effective relief.

The first step in managing your dog’s pain is to identify the underlying cause. Pain can stem from various sources, such as injuries, arthritis, post-operative recovery, or chronic conditions. Understanding the root cause allows for a more targeted and effective approach to pain management.

Your veterinarian plays a pivotal role in this process. Through a thorough examination, we can diagnose the source of your dog’s pain and develop a tailored treatment plan. This plan may involve a combination of approaches, including prescribed medications and therapeutic interventions.

Prescribed medications

Veterinarians have access to a range of pain relief medications that are specifically formulated and tested for use in dogs. These medications are designed to alleviate pain safely and effectively. They may include non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) that are specifically developed for canine use, providing targeted relief for conditions such as osteoarthritis. By consulting with your veterinarian, you can ensure the appropriate dosage and duration of medication administration, minimizing the risk of side effects.

Therapeutic interventions

In addition to medications, your veterinarian may recommend various therapies to manage your dog’s pain. These therapies can complement the medical approach and provide additional relief. Physical therapy and massage are just two examples of interventions that can help alleviate discomfort, improve mobility, and enhance overall well-being. Your veterinarian can guide you in selecting the most suitable therapies for your dog’s specific condition and individual needs.

Two cats playing

Developing a comprehensive pain management approach for your dog

It’s important to note that pain management should be a comprehensive approach, addressing both the physical and emotional well-being of your dog. Ensuring a comfortable and stress-free environment, maintaining a healthy weight through proper nutrition, and providing regular exercise can all contribute to minimizing pain and promoting overall quality of life.

By working closely with your veterinarian, you can develop a comprehensive pain management plan that addresses the specific needs of your dog. This approach not only helps relieve discomfort but also enhances their overall quality of life and promotes faster recovery from injuries or illnesses.

Is baby aspirin ever appropriate for dogs?

While baby aspirin may have specific applications for dogs, it should only be used under veterinary guidance. There are certain situations where a veterinarian may recommend baby aspirin. Always consult a professional to determine the right course of action and ensure accurate dosing and proper administration techniques.

Concerned that your furry friend may be experiencing pain? Get in touch with your vets at Gloves City Veterinary Hospital today.

Letโ€™s get to know our pets better together!

When in doubt about best practices for your felineโ€™s health, consult with your family veterinarian. At Dove Creek Animal Hospital & Glove Cites Veterinary Hospital, weโ€™re proud to be your partners in ensuring your cats’ well-being, offering expert guidance on nutrition, health, and happiness.

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Matching Maximo

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Eliza and Maximo matched today, so we had to take a photo. ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ’š
Maximo stopped by for a visit with Dr. Will this morning.
You have got to love that adorable Frenchie face! ๐Ÿ˜
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Jax came in for a visit with Dr. Sharpe today. ๐Ÿ’™
He is the definition of a โ€œgood boyโ€. He is so sweet and easygoing.
During his nail trim he laid on the ground and wagged his tail while the whole team gave him belly rubs! He melted our hearts. ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿพ
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