External Identification: Make sure your dog has a collar with an ID tag. Make sure you include your name, address, and phone numbers.
Microchip identification: Have your dog microchipped either at the Cabot Animal Shelter or at your local veterinarian to ensure the dog's return to you if picked up.
Make sure your dog receives his/her vaccinations against rabies and other diseases. Heartworms are extremely common in our area, so we recommend keeping your dogs on a monthly heartworm preventative all year. This medicine can only be obtained through a licensed veterinarian.
Spay or neuter your dog: It eliminates the risk of reproductive cancers and reduces the likelihood your pet will want to run away.
Give your dog enough exercise to keep him physically fit. It is also important to make sure your dog has appropriate toys to keep him/her busy when you are not at home.
We always recommend crate training your new dog. A crate provides a safe, "den like" environment for your dog. It also provides a way to ensure that your new dog doesn't get overly anxious and chew or tear up things in your house when you leave them.
It is common for newly adopted dogs to feel insecure in their new home. Please have patience with them; they may have been shuffled around a lot before arriving at your home.
Our staff if always happy to give advice on behavioral issues or problems. We want to help you have a happy, healthy relationship with your pets.