Successful Integration of a Newly Adopted Dog

Adopting a shelter dog (any animal!) is a truly rewarding experience. From the anticipation of first walking into a shelter to find your new friend to prepping your house for their arrival, to the moment you both walk in the door together, it feels exciting. You may feel like you have everything to make your new dog comfortable and happy but have you looked at it from the dog’s perspective? Numerous studies have studied what is known as the “decompression phase.” It is a critical time for your pooch to acclimate to its new surroundings peacefully after going through an overwhelming situation. This phase may vary from dog to dog, but generally speaking, most literature points to anywhere between two weeks to a month (in some cases, sometimes longer). Too much exposure to new situations and people can result in your new furry friend developing overly anxious tendencies.

There are many articles online that go further into depth on decompression phase methods. While the methods may slightly vary, the goal is the same: providing a stable environment for your new dog, leading to a long, successful and loving relationship!

We’ve highlighted a few articles below for further reading. (Note: this blog is not intended to replace expert advice; if in doubt regarding an animal’s behaviour, please contact your veterinarian or a registered animal behaviourist).

Written by: Petroglyph Animal Hospital

To read more about the decompression phase, check out these links – 

Dog Time 

Huffington Post

Looking Glass Animal Rescue



How To Keep Your Pets Safe This Holiday Season

The cheerful holiday season is here! Before pulling out the tinsel and delicate ornaments to decorate your Christmas tree please take a moment to read our blog on how to keep your furry friends jolly and SAFE during the holidays.

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COVID-19: Additional measures we are taking

Dear Clients,

Due to the close contact that our work requires, we have taken additional measures to protect you and our team while providing care for your furry family members.

Additional measures include:


Due to the increasing demand for appointments, we are implementing a late cancellation and no show fee. Starting June 2, 2021, appointments missed or cancelled less than 24 hours before will be subject to a $25 fee.


We are still OPEN with the following hours:

Monday to Friday: 8:00 am - 6:30 pm
Veterinarians available between 8:30 am to 5:30 pm.


Have you welcomed a new furry family member to your home? We’d love to meet them! Visit our Must Know New Pet Owner Information page for useful resources and helpful recommendations for new pet owners.

Following the recommendations of our government and medical experts, we are doing our best to practice social distancing within the constraints of our roles. As such, we have taken measures to avoid both contracting and facilitating the spread of this virus.

Thank you for helping us be diligent for everyone's safety. As we have heard from all levels of government, the situation is fluid and any updates will be provided as changes occur.

- Your dedicated team at Petroglyph Animal Hospital