Care your dog received at Animal Humane Society
All dogs receive at least one distemper combination vaccination, one bordetella vaccination and a precautionary de-worming. Canines over three months of age also receive a rabies vaccination, and those over six months are heartworm tested. Consult your adoption paperwork for specific veterinary medical information about your new dog. The medical history report will list vaccinations, medications and procedures your new dog has received during his/her stay at Animal Humane Society.
Please consult your veterinarian regarding other veterinary procedures that may be needed. Follow-up treatment such as second de-wormings and booster vaccinations are your responsibility and will be at your expense. Find a vet for your new pet.
If your dog was just sterilized
Animal Humane Society warrants that all dogs, cats, rabbits and ferrets adopted from AHS will be sterilized and free from complications relating to the sterilization surgery. If your recently adopted dog is experiencing post-surgical complications from sterilization surgery performed at AHS or it is determined to have not been sterilized when adopted, please contact the Veterinary Services Department at the location the pet was adopted:
Golden Valley: 763-489-2225
St. Paul: 651-788-4604
Coon Rapids: 763-432-4858
Our veterinary staff can assist with treatment for post-surgical complications, arrange for sterilization surgery at AHS or you can return the animal for a refund of the adoption fees.
Most animals do not have skin sutures from the sterilization surgery, but it’s possible your new pet may. Here's what you need to know if that's the case.
What if my new dog gets sick?
While our veterinary services staff makes every effort to assess and report the health of your new pet, Animal Humane Society is not a full-service veterinary hospital or clinic. Adopters should take their new pet to a veterinarian as soon as possible for an examination. Select local veterinarians participate in a program that offers a free examination within 14 days after the adoption date. And if you choose any Twin Cities metro VCA Animal Hospital for this exam, your dog will also receive complimentary treatment for select conditions (up to $250 value), if needed. See additional details, exceptions, and participating VCA Animal Hospital locations here.
If a new health problem (not noted at the time of adoption) should present itself in your dog within 14 days after adoption, Animal Humane Society has a free treatment policy that provides oral or topical medication to help treat select conditions.
Find information on selecting the right veterinarian for you and your pet, low-income veterinary options, and complimentary services available to new adopters through select partnering clinics.
Begin a routine of home healthcare right away. Grooming sessions are a perfect time to check your dog for fleas, ticks, rashes, cuts, lumps, and any other physical irregularities. Any changes in your pet’s behavior, appetite, or elimination habits may indicate a health problem. Always consult with a veterinarian if you notice a potential health problem or before proceeding with any new treatment. Never give any over-the-counter medication without first checking with your veterinarian. Human drugs can be fatal to dogs and cats!
Common canine medical conditions
AHS microchips all dogs, cats, ferrets and rabbits that we adopt out. However, if you have other pets that aren't microchipped, or would like your pet's nails trimmed, visit one of our Microchip and Nail Clinics to receive either service at an affordable price. Microchipping is $30 plus tax and nail trims are $15 plus tax. Anal gland expression is also offered at $15 plus tax. See the schedule or make an appointment.