Adopting a rescue dog has many benefits, not just for the dog you’re saving but for you as an owner too. Most rescue dogs are usually toilet trained, cheaper than buying a puppy, plus they’ve already developed a personality that you can see and experience before bringing them home.
However, if you’re considering adopting a rescue dog, there are a few things you need to consider.
It’s a good idea to go into the process with an open mind, as the chances of the ideal breed waiting for you at the rescue centre is not realistic. Focus on the dog’s personality, rather than the breed or the dog’s looks, and you’ll be more likely to find your new best friend.
Each breed is prone to certain health problems such as skin conditions, hip problems and spinal issues. It is important that you know these issues and know what to look out for when you’re searching for a rescue dog.
Rescue centres should have some medical history on each dog, whether it is from the vet check prior to being taken into the shelter or from the previous owner. Ask for this information so you know what issues you’re likely to be dealing with in the future.
Be aware that pet insurance often does not cover any pre-existing conditions. Speak to your local veterinary about the conditions, whether they are likely to reoccur and if so, how much treatment is it likely to cost.
Many dogs that are given up by owners have behavioural issues. It is important to be aware of these issues, so you know what you’re likely to be dealing with. Most dogs can be re-trained with time and effort, however some dogs might have significant issues that may not suit your situation. For example, a dog that shows signs of aggression around children is not going to transition well into a family environment.
Once you’ve adopted your dog, it’s important to visit your vet so you can have them checked for any underlying problems. Be sure to discuss ongoing vaccinations and worming treatments, diets and behavioural issues you may have noticed.
Make sure your yard is fenced, you’ve set up a sleeping space and you’re prepared for toilet training if necessary. Ensure your home is generally free from any dangers, including electrical cords or appliances that your dog can chew.
If you’re considering adopting a rescue dog, make sure you introduce your new best friend to our friendly staff at Karingal Veterinary Hospital for a full check-up. You can call us to make an appointment or feel free to book online.
328 Cranbourne Road, Frankston, VIC, 3199
P: (03) 9789 3444
The Karingal Veterinary Hospital is open 7 days a week.
Our hours are
- 8am-8pm Monday-Friday,
- 9am-5pm Saturday,
- Temporarily closed on Sundays Due To Covid,
* We are closed on public holidays.