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Southlake Animal Hospital

3570 E. Lincoln Hwy
Merrillville, IN 46410

Helping A Senior Dog Get Settled

November 1 2021

November is Adopt A Senior Pet Month! We love seeing dogs in their golden years getting second chances. Of course, that Gotcha Day is going to be one of the biggest days in Fido’s life. You’ll need to take a few steps to ensure that all goes smoothly. Here, a Crown Point, IN vet discusses helping an older dog adjust to his new home.


Be Patient

Going to a new home is a very big deal for Man’s Best Friend. That sort of change may take your pooch some time to adjust to. As a rule of thumb, dogs need 3 days to get to know their surroundings, 3 weeks to start to feel settled, and 3 months to really feel at home. Fido may also sleep a lot at first, especially if he was in a shelter. That’s fine! Just give him the time he needs to feel safe and secure. 


Do Some Petproofing

Petproofing for a senior dog is usually a little different than what you would do for a puppy. You’ll still need to address things like toxic plants and small or sharp objects. However, you’ll also want to look for things that could cause Fido to slip. Put some floor runners or area rugs down on slippery surfaces, and put nightlights up in dark areas after bedtime. You’ll also need to use fences and baby gates near potential hazards, such as pools, fireplaces, and stairs.


Visit The Vet

One of the first things you’ll want to do is introduce Fido to his new vet. Most likely, your furry friend will already have been fixed, and he should be current on his vaccines and parasite control. However, a thorough, nose-to-tail exam is definitely in order. This is a great time to get some specific advice on things like supplements, food, and exercise!


Offer Comfort

Keep in mind that Fido may need to process the change in his situation. He may be depressed at first, especially if he was abandoned by or separated from his past owner. Just focus on offering lots of great care. Don’t force attention on your canine buddy: win his trust by talking to him, paying him lots of attention, and offering great TLC. 


Please contact us with questions or concerns about your dog’s health or care. As your Crown Point, IN pet hospital, we’re here for you!

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