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Information for New Adopters

Stools & Other Medical

Please plan on having your vet meet your new dog in 7-10 days after adoption. Be sure to bring a stool sample to your vet for analysis.

Expect some loose stools the first few days due to stress of trip and change of food/water. Please have white rice on hand and do a fifty/fifty of overcooked white rice and dog food.

See the following attachments for information on canine worms and giardia. ALL dogs have been wormed by our vet; although we do our best, deworming prior to the dog traveling is not always 100% successful; it almost always takes a 2nd and 3rd dose of the deworming medication. Your vet will be able to do this for you.

If prolonged diarrhea, mucous or blood in stool, lack of appetite, lethargy, vomiting, nasal or eye discharge (white or green color). CALL VET IMMEDIATELY & CALL US AS WELL so we can contact other owners.

You should receive medical papers for your dog. If not, contact us.

All dogs have received all of their shots including rabies (if old enough) and are already spayed/neutered (if old enough). It is your responsibility to make sure that your dog is spayed or neutered when they are old enough. We require proof that this has been done or will reserve the right to reclaim the dog at your expense.

ALL pups must be given the rest of their series of puppy shots by your vet. Please make sure you schedule an appointment as this is extremely important for the health of your new dog.

If you are adopting an adult dog, please be sure to schedule their annual physical and shots each and every year to prevent illness and/or death. Don’t forget heart worm testing and the heart worm preventative needs to be given monthly.

ALL dogs must receive a monthly heart worm pill (Interceptor, Sentinel or HeartGuard Plus). Please be sure to give your dogs their monthly heart worm preventative which you must obtain from your vet. This is especially imperative for those dogs that have been heart worm positive and successfully treated.

ALL dogs can get fleas or ticks so please consult your vet for the type of product which is appropriate for age of your dog.

These are a couple of links that explain about crates & crate training:

Cat Introductions

Do the cats have a favorite room in the house? If so, move them there. If you have the litter box and food in, lets say the laundry room, then put them in there. Find a “safe place” that they feel comfortable.

Let the dogs in the room around and get accustomed to the new surroundings. Let them sniff at the door separating the cats and them. Do this for a day or so. Don’t ignore the cats because cats get their feelings hurt very easy and might start displaying unwanted behavior. If you feel comfortable enough ~ carry the cats around some with the dogs in the house to let them see them.

Next step is to put the cats in a carrier and set them on the floor and let everyone get acquainted. After you see how all are doing then let them all together. You might want a baby gate placed in a doorway somewhere that the cats can jump but the dogs can not follow. This gives the cats a place to escape if they feel they need to. May want to place the cat food on an elevated surface (washer, counter) so that they can eat in peace and the pups don’t chow down either.

New Food

By the time your dog arrives to you, they’ve probably changed foods a few times so diarrhea should be expected; their tummies are upset. Once you decide on the brand of dog food you’ll be using, you can follow the following introduction which should help the dog get acclimated without to much GI upset.

Please choose a good quality food for your dog. In the long run, it will be best for them physically and you financially.

Don’t forget, what you put in is what you get out. The better foods are absorbed and thus less can be expected on the other end, always a nice occurrence! Your vet can recommend the right food for your dog’s size, age, activity level.

If the dog has been in foster, we will give you some of the food we’ve been feeding them. Slowly mix the two foods. Mix three-fourths old with one-fourth new on day one and two, half-and-half on the next couple days, one-fourth old and three-fourths new the next couple days, then all new from there.

Please be sure your new pet has plenty of healthy chew type toys (No raw hide, Greenies or Corn Cobs as these can cause severe choking and/or intestinal blockage & kill your dog!), that your house is puppy-proofed and that you have lots of cleaning supplies and most of all lots of patience & love!