What’s next for you and your new dog?
1. Choosing a Veterinarian
Most dogs adopted will need to visit a veterinarian within three weeks of adoption for booster vaccines and to receive a rabies vaccination. Some may need multiple visits (puppies for instance). You will receive a full medical report from us that you can give to your veterinarian. We recommend that all pets adopted visit one within three weeks of adoption. The following are procedures that may be needed or could be recommended by your veterinarian:
- Booster vaccinations, including rabies
- Flea prevention
- Heartworm testing/prevention
- Fecal analysis, deworming
- Wellness testing (blood work)
PLEASE REMEMBER THAT, IF THERE IS A MEDICAL PROBLEM WITH IN THE FIRST 48 HOURS OF GOING HOME ****CALL US IMMEDIATELY**** AND WE WILL ADVISE YOU WHAT TO DO FROM THERE (519.966.5751).
2. Training and Adjustment
We all need to remember and understand that the transition to a new home can be VERY stressful to the pet and the new family. Some animals have no problems adjusting while others need more time and PATIENCE. It can take days (even weeks) before a new pet will feel completely comfortable in their new home. When training your new pet CONSISTENCY is key.
- We always recommend crate training (please refer to “Behaviour Tips” for more information), we can never guarantee a dog is completely housebroken or won’t chew household items or have some other behaviour issue.
- We recommend taking your new dog to some type of obedience training, this will help with the bonding as well as establishing with the dog where their place in the family is (How to Choose a Training Facility).
3. Some Behaviour Tips for New Puppy Owners
- Crate train your pup! Crate training is a perfect tool to assist in house breaking. It ensures your pup’s safety when unsupervised, helps your pup adapt to being alone, and provides a perfect retreat. Note: Never use the crate as a punishment.
- Never strike or hit your puppy! This could cause hand shyness and aggression.
- Always supervise puppies and young children!
- Start training as soon as your puppy comes home! Enroll your puppy in a local puppy kindergarten class.
- Never play aggressively or roughly with your puppy.
- Encourage good behaviour with praise or a reward.
- Socialize your puppy with people and animals. The first six months is an important behaviour development period in your puppy’s life. Make sure interactions are positive and fun. A TRAINED PUPPY IS A HAPPIER PUPPY AND A BETTER COMPANION!
ONTARIO SPCA PET INSURANCE
We have provided you with Ontario SPCA Pet Insurance for select medical issues that may arise after the first 48 hours. If you experience a medical problem after the first 48 hours you are to attend a veterinarian of choice to assess the issue. You will be responsible for any payment. If the issue is covered by Ontario SPCA Pet Insurance you can submit a claim to them with your receipt and they will assess the claim.
PLEASE NOTE THERE IS A $75 DEDUCTIBLE FOR ALL CLAIMS AND THAT THE HUMANE SOCIETY PLAYS NO PART IN ACCEPTING OR DENYING CLAIMS.
AS WELL, EVEN THOUGH OUR ANIMALS ARE EXAMINED BY A VETERINARIAN WE CAN, UNFORTUNATELY, NEVER GUARANTEE THEIR HEALTH, MOST DISEASES ARE UNDETECTABLE UNTIL CLINICAL SIGNS ARE NOTICED.