Selecting a Vet

Take time to choose your vet carefully. You will rely on his or her expertise for many years to come.
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For your dog's best health,
choose the vet you'll be most
comfortable working with.

You and your vet are your dog's health care team; you observe and report, your vet diagnoses and treats. Your veterinarian will arrange a schedule of vaccinations and regular check-ups, maintain a medical history of your dog, and provide preventive, critical, and emergency care. Your partnership with your vet will be a long-term relationship. Working together, you and your vet can help your dog have a healthy, happy life.

Start your search by asking people you know for recommendations. Turn to:

  • your breeder, friends, family members, coworkers and neighbors who have dogs.
  • your local kennel club, your local or state veterinary association.
  • your local yellow pages.

Ask fellow dog owners:

  • Are you happy with your vet?
  • What is the name of your vet?
  • Why did you choose this vet?
  • Can you tell me about a specific situation and why you feel your vet handled it well?

Compile a list of at least six vets to check out.

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