Our Advice Before Adopting a Dog!

Nos conseils avant d’adopter un chien!

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The experience of having a pet in your home, in this case a dog, can be a time of perpetual rejoicing as it will provide you with many years of happiness.

On the other hand, the implications of having a pet in your home cannot be overlooked. The upcoming arrival of a dog brings certain responsibilities that it is best to have in mind right away. This blog prepares you for the decisive choice you are about to make!

Some Useful Tips!

First of all, you have to realize how much time and energy it will take. You have to take him out every day (no breed can stay indoors and relieve itself on a mat or on the balcony), train him (even small breeds that can be very stubborn too), take care of him, comb him, groom him, play with him, etc. This takes time.

In addition, you need to be well informed about the breed (character, weight and height, maintenance, environment needed, breed listed in your city as “dangerous” dog, etc.).

You need to think carefully about your budget. You need to buy a collar/harness, a leash, toys, a sleeper, a seat belt, deworming and vaccinations, the rabies vaccine if you go through customs, and a passport. We strongly recommend education courses. In the first year, you may need to consider sterilization or castration. If it is a large dog, it may be necessary to have X-rays for dysplasia, among other things, so it is useful to be well informed on all these aspects.

Going a step further, it is necessary to learn more about the kennel and to visit it. It must make a good impression on you and the dogs must be kept in good conditions. Ask for information about the parents (depending on the breed: dysplasia test, genetics, provenance…).

If you buy a dog from a kennel, you must see the mother of the puppy and her siblings. A puppy bought in a kennel in Quebec will probably cost you a little more, but you should know that kennels in Quebec are more closely monitored and must meet stricter requirements than those of our American neighbours. This is the main reason for the price difference between a puppy from Quebec and a puppy from outside the province (in addition to the higher cost of premises, care, veterinary, administrative fees, etc.). The ANIMA-Quebec organization offers the certification of breeders that meet high standards of quality and animal welfare. Go visit their website to discover good breeders on animaquebec.com.

If you buy your dog from an association, find out about the credibility of the association, where the dogs come from, their vaccinations, disease risks, etc.

If your dog comes from an SPCA, find out about its past. Is it compatible with your life (family, child, time…)? These dogs can be perfectly adapted to your life, but often require an additional investment in education because of their rough history.

Finally, these few tips remain useful before embarking on the adoption of a puppy or a dog.

Clinique vétérinaire Beaubien, for the Love of Your Pet!

In the heart of the Rosemont–La Petite-Patrie borough, the Clinique vétérinaire Beaubien takes care of your pets. The clinic’s professionals welcome you with consideration and respect. The entire team remains faithful to its mission of caring for your dog or cat.

Come and meet a dynamic team that cares about your animal’s well-being. Clinique vétérinaire Beaubien is at the heart of family veterinary medicine.

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