It's a great time to adopt a dog, but the AVMA urges prospective dog owners to give the process plenty of careful consideration before committing to a new friend. "The primary reason dogs are given up to animal shelters is unfulfilled expectations," said AVMA President Dr. Clark K. Fobian. Weighing how the activity level of a given dog, costs, special health issues of certain breeds and other factors fit into a family's lifestyle will go a long way toward ensuring a happy fit for everyone.

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