Helping a Senior Dog Settle In

November is Adopt A Senior Dog Month! This is a wonderful cause, and one we are happy to support. Of course, going to a new home is a big change for Fido, so he may need time to adjust. A Frisco, TX vet offers tips on this below. 


If you’re adopting Fido from a family or foster home, try to arrange things so that you can pick him up. He may get upset if he sees his human caregivers driving off and leaving him behind. 

Don’t Expect Perfection

Just like people, dogs get set in their ways. You’ll want to get your furry friend started on his new doggy routine as quickly as possible. If Fido has some bad habits, like sleeping on the couch, gently correct him. 


Pets can get upset stomachs from stress and/or rapid dietary changes. For the first few days, give your pooch small meals. If you’re changing your pup’s brand of dog food, do so slowly, and only after consulting your vet.

Veterinary Care

Speaking of vets, one of the first things you’ll need to do is bring Fido to his new doctor for a thorough exam. You’ll also want to get some specific advice on your new pet’s diet and care needs. 

Keep Things Calm

If Fido’s coat is in really bad shape, he’ll need immediate attention. Otherwise, give your canine buddy a few days to settle in before trying to groom or bathe him. 

Gentle Guidance

No matter how Fido ended up being put up for adoption, he may have some emotional trauma, fear, and uncertainty from the experience. Don’t punish him if he does something wrong. Let him get used to his new house and rules. 

Dreaming Doggy

Your furry buddy may sleep a lot at first, as he will need to recoup from the trauma of being in a shelter. Make sure that Fido has a comfy bed to snuggle up in!

Tail Wags

Our canine pals are all unique. Some rescue dogs more or less worship their owners, and stick to them like Velcro. Others are more timid. Let Fido set the pace. Offer toys and treats, but don’t force attention on him. Talking to him and offering great TLC will help him get used to you. 

Please contact us, your local Frisco, TX veterinary hospital, anytime. We are happy to help! 

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