Bringing a pet into a home is a special time. Not just for families and individuals who get to experience the compassion and care that most furry friends can provide, but also because today our pets have become so much more our family members than just a pet.
If you’ve been thinking about getting one for your home, you’ve likely heard the debate that rescuing an animal is far better than getting them from a breeder. While there are points to be made on both sides of the argument, the fact that great, loving animals are out there and need a home of face isolation or even being put down, cannot be ignored.
Oftentimes, when you bring a pet into the home that has already been in someone else’s care previously, it can be hard to tell how they will adjust or if there were situations in their prior living arrangement that made them apprehensive or combative at home.
This is why it’s recommended to slowly ease a rescue animal into their new home and to have patience and care as you try to undo any potential abuse or neglect they suffered from previously.
Because Canine PTSD is a real thing, we have a few tips to help you ease this transition process.
1. Know the Warning Signs
If you want to be sure your pet likely came from a poor previous situation, you should know some of the typical warning signs that they could be acting out. Things like having accidents in the house even though they’re trained to use the bathroom outdoors or in a litterbox, barking, howling or crying all the time, destroying property or hiding and trembling when strangers enter the room – can all be a sign that your pet needs some reconditioning and love to heal their past traumas.
2. Start A New, Healthy & Consistent Schedule
One thing animals who have experienced abuse and neglect in the past don’t know is routine. A comforting regular schedule, as well as clean water, fresh food, and some cuddle time, over and over again, can help the pet start to understand that with you, they are safe and cared for. Being consistent with these efforts is key, even if they take a long time to adjust at first, just keep trying.
3. Speak to a Veterinarian
Of course one of the first things you want to do when you bring a new pet into the home is ensure it’s healthy and up to date with all vaccinations. Finding a vet you can trust and speak openly with about your pet’s behavior is important. In addition to routine care, you can lean on these professionals for advice, tips, and ideas for additional supplements or medications if needed to help your pet live a quality life.