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Adopting A Shelter Dog Checklist

October 1, 2021

It’s Adopt A Shelter Dog Month! Are you adopting a shelter dog? Congratulations! We love seeing shelter dogs getting second chances. Of course, before bringing Fido home, you’ll need to pick up some supplies. In this article, a Middletown, DE vet lists some things to put on your shopping list.


Toys serve a variety of functions for our canine pals. Some toys are comforting to dogs, others are pure entertainment, and some, like puzzle toys, just help keep Fido occupied and out of mischief. Pick up a variety, and pay attention to what your pup likes best.


A comfy bed will definitely help your pooch feel safe and comfy. Some of our canine companions prefer certain types of beds, but this isn’t something to lose sleep over right now. If you later discover that Fido loves bean bag beds, you can get him one down the road. The big thing is to choose something that offers great support, so your pet can sleep comfortably.

Food & Treats

One of the first things you’ll want to do is introduce Fido to his new doctor. At that time, you’ll be able to get specific recommendations on his nutritional needs. For now, try to find out what brand your furry pal has been eating, and start with that. As for treats, well, it may take some trial and error to sort out what your pup likes best. (We suspect Fido won’t mind doing some taste tests.)

Grooming Supplies

Different types of pups have different grooming needs. If your pooch has long hair, you may need a detangling brush. Dogs with undercoats may also need special tools. Otherwise, a regular brush should be fine. You’ll also need shampoo, towels, pet wipes, paw balm, doggy dental supplies, and nail clippers.

Leash & Collar

Make sure to get a good, sturdy leash. This is very important! Fido may have quirks and phobias you don’t know about yet. If he lunges after a squirrel, you want to make sure the leash won’t snap. Collars are fine for most dogs, but some pooches should wear harnesses instead. Ask your vet for recommendations.


Don’t forget to get your four-legged pal a great dinnerware set! Larger dogs will be more comfortable eating out of raised dishes.

Do you have questions or concerns about your dog’s health or care? We can help! Contact us, your local Middletown, DE veterinary clinic, anytime!

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