‘Adopt don’t shop’ is a phrase very close to our hearts. We have done a lot of work with rescue dogs and cats and we know how much joy they bring us, let alone the joy we bring them for showing them love and giving them a comfy sofa to curl up on.
But spending time in rescue can be extremely stressful for animals. The confusion, the strange noises and smells, the different food and the uncertainty – it all adds up and takes its toll on their health. Often these issues manifest with skin issues.
Dealing with a pet’s stress and emotional issues at home can be a lengthy and challenging process, but when improvements are witnessed and they relax and trust again, it is the most rewarding experience.
There are steps you can take to help your pet trust you, however this is a huge topic in itself, so for now we will list a few bullet points, and at a later date we will write a more in-depth blog on the subject.
- Create a reassuring, structured schedule
- Use calming aids, such as plug-ins and soothing music
- Avoid trying to do intense training until more trust is established
- Associate yourself with enjoyable things for your pet
- Reward positive default behaviours (e.g. if your dog used to lunge at other dogs but now calmly interacts, reward with a treat)
- Once the dog knows you are not a threat, training can begin
We have many customers that have rescued dogs and cats with skin and gastro-intestinal issues (very often which go hand in hand) and whilst they go through the process of settling them in and helping them adjust to a nutritionally sound diet, they have used Anicura products to help to soothe the skin irritation, or to promote fur re-growth.
Parasites and infections are also common reasons for animals to itch, and although most animals will be treated whilst in rescue for fleas / worms etc., sometimes they are still suffering from the effects of flea allergies etc. when re-homed.
Anicura Dog and Cat Sprays helps to stop the itch / scratch cycle due to the high-quality blend of 14 different pure and natural oils, vitamins and minerals, such as Sea Buckthorn, Eucalyptus, Tea Tree, Rosemary, Peppermint and Safflower. It’s safe if ingested and provides an instant soothing effect on the skin.
If you are thinking about adopting a pet from a rescue centre, it is very important to go through the process of establishing that you have enough time, space and money to add a new member to your family. If the answer to these questions is yes, then go for it! You will be rewarded just as much as they are. There aren’t many better feelings than giving a pet their forever home.
If you are concerned about the health of your rescue pet, always consult a vet.