Q. I'm considering adopting a small dog, but I'm worried because I have two cats and don't know if they will get along. Any suggestions?
DANA KOCH, VMD, MLAS
A. It will take a long time for them to adjust, regardless.
I'd start with finding a dog who's known to be good with cats. Some rescues offer a "foster to adopt situation" to help you find the right dog. Then start with a slow introduction - keep them separated so they can only smell each other the first day. Then see each other - let the cats out with the dog in the crate. After a few days of that, let them interact for increasing amounts of time.
It is a long process but worth it in the end. Also know that they may not like each other, but we can hope they will at least get along!