9 tips to keep in mind when adopting a stray dog

The pandemic was the main reason why Colombian households made the decision to adopt, a situation that, if it remains in force, could cause that number to continue increasing best family pets.

In this way, it becomes urgent for people or families to know what details they cannot lose sight of when making a rescue, since both their health and that of the furry one may be at risk.

1. Maintain all sanitary measures and hydrate the dog
Touching animals seems to be very common. However, in the case of stray dogs, it is best to prevent this direct contact by using gloves or blankets.

This is because animals can be infected with fleas and ticks that, when biting humans, carry diseases such as the Plague and even Typhus, hence the importance of proper grooming after contact with the animal, whether it is a correct hand washing and cleaning of exposed areas or materials.

Likewise, the first recommended action when rescuing a dog is to hydrate it; consuming water helps its organs function correctly.

2. Earn their trust
One of the fundamental steps to completing the rescue of a stray dog, whether to take it in or leave it for adoption, is to gain its trust. For this, it is recommended to start the relationship by leaving food (they can be pet treats, wet food or tuna that, due to its strong smell, can help attract it) at a safe distance and patiently bring it closer. They are not used to caresses, so you should wait for him to be the one who allows you to have physical contact and never do it from the front, standing, or looking into his eyes, since this can be perceived as a challenging attitude.

3 . Visit to the vet
A proper diagnosis of the dog’s health situation is indicated, especially if you take into account that it comes from the street and probably does not have its vaccination plan up to date, and it is also important to deworm it. These treatments and determinations must come hand in hand with veterinary care and also the collaboration of animal protection organizations in each place.

4.Sterilize it when possible
In addition to the above, it is recommended to sterilize the rescued dog, because although it finds a home through adoption, it is also true that, by having babies unwanted by its owners, there is the possibility of more abandoned pets. . Sterilization days, in fact, free, are the order of the day anywhere in the world.

5. Give it the warmth of home
After remaining under conditions of abandonment and constant aggression, the recommendation is to give the furry a safe and stable home. Thus, if it is not the rescuer’s own home, it can be that of a trusted friend or family member who also has a sincere affinity for pets.

6. Change your diet to a special one
After being on the street, it is possible that the dog shows signs of malnutrition or lack of food that is safe for its health. For this reason, the rescuer should try to change their diet to products specially designed for dogs and thus contribute to their speedy recovery. The quantities should be well portioned and not exaggerated, as excesses could affect your stomach.

7. Find a certified shelter
On certain occasions, the rescuers’ home and their close friends are not in a position to adopt a pet, either due to costs or because they already have one. In that sense, hostels become a good alternative. The rescuer must confirm that they have their respective certification and perhaps evaluate in applications or social networks how their performance has been rated with other users.

8. Wrap him up and keep him away from other pets at home
Finding a warm blanket to cover him, after you have gained his trust, is the best way to take him with you to a safer place. If it is the rescuer’s house and other animals are there, it is recommended to keep it at a distance until the dog has been to the veterinarian and begins internal and external deworming treatment, in addition to having its vaccinations up to date.

9. Tolerate a little emotional disorder
It is very possible that, during the first hours of rescue and in fact days, the animal presents episodes of emotional disorder that translate into howling, barking and perhaps some restlessness, while it manages to adapt to a new place, for which its new master must wait patiently.