Caring For Your Dog


  • External Identification:  Make sure your dog has a collar with an ID tag.  Make sure you include your name, address, and phone numbers.  
  • Microchip identification:  Have your dog microchipped either at the Cabot Animal Shelter or at your local veterinarian to ensure the dog's return to you if picked up.  
  • Make sure your dog receives his/her vaccinations against rabies and other diseases.  Heartworms are extremely common in our area, so we recommend keeping your dogs on a monthly heartworm preventative all year.  This medicine can only be obtained through a licensed veterinarian.
  • Spay or neuter your dog:  It eliminates the risk of reproductive cancers and reduces the likelihood your pet will want to run away.
  • Give your dog enough exercise to keep him physically fit.  It is also important to make sure your dog has appropriate toys to keep him/her busy when you are not at home.
  • We always recommend crate training your new dog.  A crate provides a safe, "den like" environment for your dog.  It also provides a way to ensure that your new dog doesn't get overly anxious and chew or tear up things in your house when you leave them.
  • It is common for newly adopted dogs to feel insecure in their new home.  Please have patience with them; they may have been shuffled around a lot before arriving at your home.

Our staff if always happy to give advice on behavioral issues or problems.  We want to help you have a happy, healthy relationship with your pets.