Adopting a new pet is a wonderful act of love.
Often, and sadly, these pets come from difficult circumstances and need an adjustment period.
I often see new adopted pets that are shy at the beginning and at times do not have the greatest appetite or interact slowly with their new family.
If the physical exam is normal I often advise patience rather than performing multiple tests that can be stressful to the new pet and at times unnecessary.
Plenty of love and reassurance and perhaps offering a very palatable pet food can improve appetite.
I always advise a followup within a week, and of course if any signs of illness develop to return immediately.
Often: "The tincture of time" and being patient is very important.
Tests should be done wisely and correctly, only if needed.
It is a wonderful act of kindness and love to bring a new pet to the household, and like every new relationship it takes time to develop.
Dr. Ehud Sela
The Gentle Vet
Gentle Vet Animal Hospital