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Advantages of Adopting an Adult Dog

When most people go into a shelter, they are immediately drawn to those adorable little puppies. You know, the ones who will chew up your entire house, pee on every carpet, but still have just the cutest faces. Well, here’s a secret: when a dog looks up at you with those big eyes, they’re adorable no matter what age they are.

So, here are some reasons you should be adopting an adult dog instead:


You’ll Know Their Personality

Every dog has their own personality just like we do. The difference between a puppy and an adult though is that their personality isn’t a surprise with an adult dog. If they’re playful, you know it. If they’re relaxed, you know it. If they’re really smart, you’ll know it. You can get the dog that is perfect for you with no guessing games involved and be just as happy if not more.


They’ll be More Well Behaved

An adult dog has had a chance to grow up. They won’t run maniacally around your house, barking at every twitch of a leaf outside, or growl at the people walking across the TV screen. They’ll likely be a lot calmer and won’t disturb you with their pent up puppy energy that only seems cute for the first minute. If they do have any behavioral problems, you can learn that at the shelter ahead of time and be prepared for it.


Less Supervision

When a dog is a puppy, they need to be watched constantly, like a baby. They have a smaller bladder so you need to make sure to watch for the signal that they need to go outside. Puppy’s also frequently have more heightened separation anxiety that makes it difficult to leave them alone for any extended period of time. You can trust your adult dog to spend their time alone in the best way possible: not chewing up everything in your house.


You Can Take a Long Walk Right Off the Bat

While most puppies need to build up their stamina, your adult pup will already have the stamina to beat yours. No need to worry about them wearing out at the farthest point from your house or trying to sniff absolutely everything in sight. An older dog also learns much easier. If they are not already trained to run beside you off leash, it shouldn’t be too difficult to teach them. With an adult dog, you can take them out to exercise with you almost immediately and have some quality bonding time with your new best friend.


No Puppy Problems

Everyone knows that when you first get a puppy, they can be a real nuisance. You spend your time constantly worried that they’ll pee in the house or chew up your furniture. Well, most adult dogs have already been house trained and are well out of the chewing on everything in the house stage. Even if your new dog isn’t house trained, as an adult they pick up on things much faster and it shouldn’t be a challenge to perfect a system.

You won’t have to worry about those nippy sharp little puppy teeth that latch on your fingers without knowing their strength. Plus, older dogs only have to eat twice a day, whereas puppies need breakfast, lunch, and dinner. This means less money spent on food and fewer things you need to do to take care of your dog in a day. Not to mention you get to skip the socializing aspect of getting a puppy. Believe me, your adult dog is an expert at this point. Ashbridge’s Bay Animal Hospital offers vet services to pets of any age.


No Early Puppy Expenses

Let’s be real. Dogs cost money, but puppies cost more. You have to pay for new toys after they destroy theirs. You have to pay for those early visits to the vet to make sure your little pup is healthy. You have to pay for that extra food to compensate for all three meals of the day and that carpet you have to replace because your pup peed all over it. You have to replace all those pillows that have been torn to shreds and you have to go find yourself some more patience because that adorable dog has spent all of it. But with an adult dog, you don’t have to spend all that money. Really this should be enough to convince you but if it’s not …


You Can Be a Hero

Almost everyone goes for the energetic little puppy bouncing around the shelter when they go to adopt a dog. Almost everyone overlooks those well behaved and kid-friendly dogs that are just a desperate for love and a family. In choosing this mature and sociable dog, you are not just adopting a dog. You are saving them. You are giving you and them a new best friend and they will be forever grateful. Plus, owning a pet is known to reduce stress!

Here’s Why Senior Citizens Live Longer With Pets

No matter what age we are, most of us crave some type of companionship. This need only tends to intensify as people age. Oddly enough, company isn’t the only thing that owning a pet can offer as one gets deeper into their senior years. In fact, there are many impressive benefits to owning a pet as a senior:


Pets Stimulate Brain Activity

The entire process of adopting a pet allows for mental stimulation. Searching for the most fitting animal breed and reading through their tendencies and behaviors helps get the mind moving. There have also been cases where elders with some memory loss can regain access to old memories after adopting and interacting with their new pet. Pets provide the responsibility of caring for another creature, which keeps the mind fresh.


Increasing Social Interaction

Having an animal, especially a dog, can result in more social interaction with people while out and about, including an excuse to talk to neighbors. A leashed dog gives people something to talk about when they pass on the street. A pet even helps to get the conversation going when visitors come over the house. A cat or dog gives off a more friendly atmosphere that stimulates conversation.



As people age and retire, it’s easy to lose focus and structure for day to day life. Having an animal helps seniors implement more of a routine into their day. Pets require responsibility and keep people active and moving, both mentally and physical.


Physical Activity

Whether it’s a dog, cat, or even a bird or reptile, a pet provides the chance to get up and do something. It may be taking the dog out on a walk to get some exercise for pet and owner alike. It may be getting a toy and playing a bit with the cat. Or, it may just be getting up to feed the petor clean up their cage or bedding. No matter what age a person is, staying healthy requires regular physical activity and pets provide the opportunity and the obligation for it.


Pets Give a Sense of Now

The more health issues a person accumulates, the more upsetting, or even scary, the prospect the future can be. Animals, especially dogs, live very much in the now. They play now, they eat now, they bark now, and they have no worries about what tomorrow will bring. This helps pet owners with health concerns live in the moment and enjoy what life still has to offer them.


Reduce Stress

Studies show that owning a pet reduces stress overall. Researchers believe that pet owners have lower blood pressure and healthier pulse rates. Animals also help to reduce anxiety. The carefree attitude of a happy animal has a calming affect on those around them, and even just touching a pet is said to make some people relax.


Love and Acceptance

Pets offer undying love, affection and companionship. Their loyalty and and attachment comes easily from the beginning, and it doesn’t fade the way some human relationships can. As pets are dependent on their owners, their human families understand they are needed. Pets provide all this love readily and easily, allowing people to make a strong bond without fear of upsetting them.


Mood Improvement

The vast majority of pet owners say their animal companions makes them feel better when they are said or upset. In some cases, they can help when people feel physically ill or sick. Animals eliminate some feelings of  loneliness and can reduce feelings of depression. They provide an outlet for interaction when someone feels stressed or upset.


Many seniors feel far more secure with a pet. Sometimes it’s just the idea of having another creature in the house with them. A dog actually does improve the security of a house, even if they are not physically imposing. Thieves do not want to deal with a barking a dog, even if the dog is a foot tall.

Pets keep people healthy

As a whole, pet owners are healthier than the rest of the population. This can cut back on medical needs and doctors visits, and dog owners will live longer after they suffer a heart attack. Pets aren’t just cute; they’re also good medicine.

10 Safety Tips for Labs

If you have a lab, you know what it is like to have an animal become part of your family.  Unfortunately these beautiful creatures can get themselves in some pretty dangerous situations. Here are a few tips to help protect the furry portion of your family.

1. Watch their weight.

Labs will eat almost everything you put in front of them at any time of day. This can cause them to gain weight quickly if they are overfed. As you may expect the extra weight can cause many health issues. One of the most common effects of obesity in labs is Hip Dysplasia, which is deterioration of the hip joint as a result of malformation. Labs are particularly prone to this and genes or factors of their environment can cause it. Keeping your pup at a healthy weight can help eliminate one of these factors.

2. Apply a Flea and Tick Preventative

Most labs love to spend time playing outside. We can’t protect them from all of the hazardous elements of the outdoors, but using Flea and Tick Preventative to ward off Lyme disease and Tapeworm will make great progress toward their health.

3.  Use a Heartworm medicine

Another factor of the forest comes from mosquitos, worms, and other parasites. Luckily, there is medication to inhibit these pests from infecting your lab. Heartworm medication is especially important. Since Heartworm is caused from mosquitos, it is commonly associated with warm weather. While this thinking is valid, treatment should be continued through winter months to ensure total protection.

4.  Make sure your canine responds to his or her name

Labs love to run, play, and explore. Sometimes all of the excitement encourages them to travel away from home.  Even the most cautious owners lose track of their pup at times.  If the lab is familiar with it’s name, a simple call to them could result in their safe arrival home. This is especially important with puppies. Familiarity with their name could help your innocent puppy steer clear of the road and prevent a disastrous situation.

5.  Keep away from chocolate

Dogs will sprint just to pick up any crumb that falls within reach. Chocolate is no exception, and we all know how delicious it is. Unfortunately, this is quite dangerous for your lab. Chocolate is toxic for dogs and could even cause death.

6.  Eliminate Grapes or Raisins

Just like chocolate, grapes are toxic for dogs. Many dog owners love to feed their pets fruits, and the dogs seem to love the taste. While your dog may love the taste, steer clear of grapes and raisins as they can cause complications and fatality.

7.  Keep away from rawhide

On the thought of sensitive stomachs, rawhide can also cause some minor complications.  Be aware of how your dog eats rawhide. If he or she is eating it fast they could be swallowing large portions at once. This could cause choking, vomiting and even intestinal blockage

8.  Avoid Small Toys

We all love to spoil our pups and there are not many things they love more than new toys. When selecting toys, make sure to get larger toys suitable for labs. They are larger dogs and therefore have larger mouths; a small toy could cause them to choke. Also like rawhide, some dogs also swallow smaller portions of their toys

9.  Beware of Ice

Ice-skating is a favorite winter activity. With the whole family on the pond, why not bring your lab too? This is definitely something to be careful with.  Since dogs have such sensitive hips, sliding on the ice could make them lame them cause Hip Dysplasia.

10.  Get a high bowl

Labs are taller dogs. A bowl low to the ground is not favorable for their health. Constantly hunching over to eat and drink could cause bloating in your lab. This condition is very serious and 50% of bloating cases result in death.

New Pet Guide: How to Find and Prepare for a New Pet in Your Home

1-Do your research

Find a pet that will fit with your home.  If you have allergies to certain animals, it’s best to avoid trying to make it work.  If you have young children, be sure your future pet has the temperament to be in a home with kids.  Make sure you have the time, financial ability and the space to accommodate a new pet.  Especially if its a younger pet, you may need to be at home with it to help it adjust and train it.

2-Don’t rush

There are plenty of pets out there, so take your time finding one that will be a perfect fit for you and your family.  It’s important to find one that has the personality you’re looking for.

3-Test out the waters

Before committing to a new pet, future owners can usually spend time with the animal to get to know it and be sure its a right fit. This may even involve being able to bring it home for a few days.

4-Address Health Concerns

Your pet may need vaccination updates, spaying/neutering, or could have a parasite that may not show symptoms.  Discuss this with your breeder/adoption center and be sure to get them proper testing and veterinary care before taking them home.

5-Prepare your home

When ever you bring a new pet into your home, you will find that there are a lot of things they can get into.  Keep all toxic items secured and out of their reach.  Put trash in a container they can’t get to, mend any sections of a fence where they could escape to, and prepare an area for them.  At this time, buy your basic pet supplies you need, food, bowls, terrariums, flea/tick prevention, leashes, pet carriers, crate, litter box, etc.  Set these items up in your home so they are ready for your new pet when they arrive.

6-Transport your new pet home safely

While it may not cross your mind, pets can get injured in a car accident.  Use a proper pet carrier or a harness/pet seatbelt when you transport your new family member home.

7-Allow your pet adjustment time

Let them get familiar with their new home.  This may result in them sniffing around, hiding, or maybe even having an accident.  Reassure them that they are in a safe place and give them space if they appear to need it.

8-Spend time bonding with your pet

This world is all new to them, new home, new people, maybe even other new animals.  Spend some time bonding with your pet and show them this is their true home.  This may take some time and may require play time outside, training classes, taking walks or just quality time on the couch.

9-Train them and set boundaries

Some pets require more training than others.  Perhaps you just have to show them the litter box, or you need to teach them to not jump on the counters.  Maybe you want to teach them tricks.  Whatever it is, training is great for the pets and it helps you bond with them!  Make sure to set boundaries and stick to them.  If the dog isn’t allowed on the couch, don’t let other people allow him on the couch.

10-Have fun and enjoy life with your new family member!

Kittens for Adoption at Beaches Animal Hospital

BEACHES ANIMAL HOSPITAL  has 4 kittens for adoption.

They were born in March 2013.

There are 3 male orange kittens and one black female.

They will neutered and/or spayed before they go to their new homes.

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Boots for Adoption – Beaches Animal Hospital Toronto

Boots was surrendered to the clinic because he had an injured tail.

He is 10 years old, neutered and up to date on vaccines.  His tail has healed and he ready for his new home.

He gets along with other cats but is scared of dogs.

He would do best in a home with no children.

He is microchipped and FIV/FelV negative

Boots a kitty for adoption in the Toronto Beaches Community



Arty is a neutered male, he is around 1 year old and very handsome.  Arty was found as a stray so he is new to cuddling but is quickly realizing that it is a good thing.  He would do best in a home with out other animals.  Arty is vaccinated, microchipped and negative for FIV and FeLV.  If interested call Beaches Animal Hospital at 416-690-4040.


Nick is almost a year old.  He came to our clinic because he had eaten plastic and needed surgery.  He is all better now but would like a forever home.  Nick is fully vaccinated, microchipped and FIV and FeLV negative.  He is very sweet and would be fine in a house with other animals.  If interested please contact Beaches Animal Hospital 416-690-4040.


Gregory came in as a stray in September.  He is neutered, vaccinated, microchipped and ready for his new home.  He would do best in a household with no other pets.  He is very playful and other cats tend to get annoyed with his energy.  If you are looking for a fun, playful cat, Gregory is the cat for you.


Frankie is around 4 years old, he is neutered and up to date on vaccines.  He was brought in as a stray in November.  We microchipped him and viral tested.  He is negative for FIV and FeLV.  Frankie loves people and gets along with other cats.  He also likes to eat BBQ chips and will steal them from you!!  If you would like a cuddly boy please contact us.

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