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Companion Animal Health: The Best Way to Care for Rescued Dogs

Companion Animal Health: The Best Way to Care for Rescued Dogs

February 17, 2020 0 Comments

Now that you have finally decided to welcome a four-legged family member into your home, a million questions may be running through your mind. How do you animal-proof your home? If you're vegan, what food should you feed them? Are carrots good for dogs? Such concerns are normal, especially for first-time fur parents. 

Another question you may have is, 'can dogs have oranges?' To answer this, the citric acid in oranges, clementines, and tangerines are not toxic to dogs. So yes, they can have them. However, avoid giving them too much, as the high sugar content of these fruits can cause gastrointestinal (GI) upset in them.

These questions are important. But a more important question you need to ask yourself is whether you are going to buy or adopt an animal.


Why is it powerful to rescue animals instead of buying new ones from a breeder?

Here are more reasons why we should adopt rescued animals:

  1. Most rescued animals end up in shelters because they were abandoned—not because they did something wrong. 
  2. There is a lot of misconception about rescued animals, but they are actually often happy, healthy, and lovable. 
  3. Having endured harsh situations, they know how to appreciate kindness and reciprocate with unconditional love.  
  4. By adopting from an animal shelter or rescue group, you help reduce the number of euthanized animals.
  5. Adopting a fur baby is less costly than buying one from a breeder.

When you adopt from an animal shelter, you're not just helping an animal in need. You are also helping yourself. You'll never experience unrequited love like rescued animals can give. So, by rescuing them, they are rescuing you back and are given a second chance at showing humans love and care. This is also the best way to combat puppy mills.

And to keep your newly adopted fur baby healthy and happy, do some research about what’s healthiest for them, and if they should take any extra nutrients or supplements to combat any health issues they may have to overcome because of their rough start in life. For example, if they have urinary tract issues caused by too much dry food and a lack of water in the diet, you can give them cranberry supplements for dogs or cats.

What is the breeding/puppy mill industry, and why do people not realize what it's contributing to?


As a loving fur parent, you're probably obsessed with giving your animal companion the best care possible—including their diet. And because you want to keep them healthy, you might be asking yourself if dogs can be vegan. If you’re going to provide a dog plant-based food like fruits and veggies, you need to do some research about what they can or can’t eat, such as, 'are carrots good for dogs?' In addition to helping them be more healthy in their new life, we should think about how they got here in the first place, and how to prevent other dogs from going through the same thing.

Puppy mills are like factories that mass-produce puppies without any regard for their health and welfare. Commercial dog breeders may often be licensed and regulated by the government, but the minimum required standards of care are not enough to protect these animals from abuse. 

Many of these animals are kept in cages for years, living a life of constant breeding. Their offspring are then sold to pet stores and purebred enthusiasts. And to make matters worse, breeding females are often killed when they can no longer reproduce.

Buyers are often left in the dark about the history of the puppies they are buying. But now that you know more about it, it's up to you if you still want to patronize this inhumane industry.

Why are mixed breed dogs or shelter dogs misjudged?

Whether they’re a mixed breed or a pure bred, dogs are dogs—and they only want love from others. Unfortunately, people are hesitant to adopt mixed breeds or shelter animals because they don't know their health or behavioral history. They also sometimes think that their temperaments are unpredictable and they might have behavior issues. But all dogs, no matter their breed, have different personalities and characteristics—and mixed breeds are just the same.

People tend to obsess about a dog's breed that they forget the most basic thing. Providing your fur baby with a loving and nurturing environment can bring out the best in them. The right food will also help keep them healthy, so remember to do your research about which foods you can feed them, and learn about 'are carrots good for dogs?' and ‘are grapes okay for dogs to eat?’ These are important questions to first learn about, because while carrots are a healthy addition to your dog's meals, grapes are not.

What sorts of information should you look up before adopting an animal?

Now that you know more about rescue animals and puppy mills, you have the power to give a dog or cat a new lease on life, instead of supporting these industries. When adopting from an animal shelter, you need to know the adoption requirements. Don't be afraid to ask questions about the animal, such as their health history and what put them in the shelter. A good shelter will also ask questions about you as well!

The pet adoption requirements may vary depending on which animal shelter you go to. However, these four main steps remain the same.

  • Fill out the adoption questionnaire
  • Interview with a rescue or shelter representative
  • Meet and greet with the animal you want to adopt
  • Finalizing the adoption process

Check out online magazines and your local print newspaper to find out when adoption events at rescue shelters are happening, which is when the animals that need to be adopted first are brought together so humans can finally take them home.

Of course, dogs aren't the only rescue animals you can adopt. You'll also find many cats, rabbits, birds, and rats in rescue shelters. And if you do choose to adopt one, you may also have some questions about their diet. Do some research on our website, Hero Pet Supplies, to know exactly what you should feed them to give them the best chance at a healthy life.

The vegan marketing team proudly present this article to you so you can make an informed decision about giving animals a second chance at life, both when you bring them home, and what you feed them every day. Visit their page at to learn more about other ways we can support ethical companies like Hero Pet Supplies, and help animals lead better lives. Be Their Hero!