Please allow your new pet time to adjust to its new family and surroundings.
Some pets adjust more quickly than others. We do a post adoption follow up
call to see how everyone is adjusting. If you ever have any questions, please
do not hesitate to contact us! Visit the resources section to read useful
articles on your new pet. PLEASE consider taking your dog to obedience
classes! Even experienced dog owners can always learn something new. An
ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure! If you've put the effort into
helping your dog be an enjoyable family member, odds are you'll want to stay
with him or her throughout their whole lives. Lastly, we do welcome all of our
adopted animals back, but all efforts must be made to work through any
issues that may arise, and an appointment must be set up for re-entry.
Health and Vaccination Information
The health of your pet is always critical, particularly during the initial transition
time into your home. Often we receive animals from households in crisis, and
we may not know if they received proper preventive health care. Despite the
health care and nurturing we provide, animals are exposed to more stress in
the shelter than exists in the home environment. This stress can weaken an
animals' immune system, making their health more vulnerable.
As part of our adoption program, we are committed to helping ensure that
your new pet is healthy upon adoption. We have not noticed any signs of
disease in this animal unless noted in the medical record that was provided to
you at the time of adoption. To ensure your pet's ongoing health, we
encourage you to select a veterinarian that provides a free physical exam for
animals adopted from us, and schedule an appointment within two weeks of
adopting your new pet. At that time your veterinarian can determine any health
issues that may have developed since adoption, or conditions that weren't
apparent during the animal's stay at the Wood County Humane Society.
While at the Wood County Humane Society, your pet received the following
vaccines and/or treatments. Many animals receive more than what is listed
below. This is just the basics that all animals receive. Please review your
medical history for other medical issues diagnosed/treated:
DHPP (Distemper Combination)
This vaccine, given to dogs upon intake, includes canine Distemper (upper
respiratory virus that can affect the central nervous system), hepatitis (liver
infection), parainfluenza (upper respiratory infection) and parvovirus (a severe
gastrointestinal virus that is highly fatal to dogs and puppies if not treated
early). Puppies and dogs may need additional doses administered by your
veterinarian over a period of weeks or months to achieve maximum immunity
from disease. Until these are completed, it is best to limit the exposure your
pup has to other dogs. Many serious dog illnesses are spread by fecal
material, so properly dispose of waste and avoid areas of elimination used by
All of our dogs and cats who are old enough are vaccinated for rabies. We
vaccinate all dogs and cats over three months for this zoonotic disease.
FVRCP (Distemper Combination)
This vaccine, given to cats upon intake, includes Feline Viral Rhinotracheitis
(an upper respiratory infection caused by feline herpes virus), Calicivirus
(another viral upper respiratory disease) and panleukopenia (also known as
feline distemper or infectious feline enteritis). Cats and kittens may need
additional doses administered by your veterinarian over a period of weeks or
months to achieve maximum immunity from disease.
This vaccine, given to dogs upon intake, protects against what is commonly
called 'kennel cough' in dogs. This is an upper respiratory illness easily
spread where lots of dogs gather.
If your dog starts to develop cold-like symptoms, keep him quiet and entice
him to eat. The best cure for kennel cough, like the common cold is time, good
care and love. If your pet has green mucus discharge or has signs of being
seriously ill with pneumonia your veterinarian may want to provide antibiotics.
A preventive dose of medicine to eliminate roundworms and hookworms was
given to all dogs and cats. Continued treatment and other types of parasite
control may be provided by your veterinarian depending on your pet's needs.
All of our animals are surgically sterilized prior to being made available for
adoption. If your new pet recently had surgery, you should keep an eye on the
incision site, but you do not have to worry about stitch removal as there are no
stitches that need to come out. Watch for any redness or swelling and contact
us if you have any concerns.
If your newly adopted pet was recently spayed/neutered please adhere to the
following post-surgical instructions, which should be included in your adoption
*Your pet should take it easy for at least 10 days after surgery.
*Provide rest away from other pets and children with no jumping, swimming
or running. Dogs must be walked on a leash and cats kept indoors.
*Females and males are marked with a green tattoo on their abdomen to
clearly identify them as altered in the future.
*Bathing your dog after surgery is fine since many dogs leaving the shelter are
in need of a bath. Avoid scrubbing or submerging the incision area and then
gently pat the incision area dry.
*Check the incision (or scrotum) daily to watch for excessive swelling,
bleeding, pus, redness or pain.
*DO NOT ALLOW THE ANIMAL TO LICK OR CHEW AT THE INCISION as
this may cause infection. If your animal is licking or chewing, contact us about
borrowing an e-collar, or stop at a pet store to pick one up.
*The suture used to close the surgery is absorbable material, so it does not
need to be removed. Male dogs and puppies typically have no suture in their
incision but surgical glue may have been used.
*Absorbable suture material will dissolve on its own within a few months.
*If you have questions or concerns, please let us know!
Making an appointment for your new pet
Many of the veterinarians in our community offer free physical exams for your
newly adopted pet. Please refer to your adoption paperwork to see which
ones participate. When you take your pet for the examination, also take your
adoption paperwork with you. The detailed medical history will identify the
vaccinations and treatment your pet received here at the Wood County