Chose a good veterinarian  

Even if the breeder has given you a health certificate for the new dog you are buying from him, it is still a good idea to have your new dog checked by your own veterinarian, even though the dog seems healthy to you. There are two important reasons for this. First, it will provide you with the peace of mind of knowing that your new pet is completely healthy. Second, it will help you to develop a relationship with the veterinarian. 


Choosing a good veterinarian must be on your list of things to do when preparing to adopt a dog. If you do not already have one, you need to find the one who is best suited to you and your new pet. A good veterinarian will not object to you touring his facilities, and will be glad to answer your questions.   


As you and your veterinarian will be in each other’s lives for your pet’s sake, a good rapport is not only useful, but essential. As you probably chose a family doctor by selecting the one you were comfortable with, the same is true when choosing a veterinarian for your dog. Interacting with you in a polite, professional manner is a positive sign. Understanding that you have many questions, and is willing to take the time to answer them, is another. 


If you can observe the veterinarian and his staff with other animals, it can be very helpful. You can see how they treat the animals, and how they interact with them. The veterinarian and his staff who routinely show kindness and true concern for their patients are the ones you can trust with your new dog. The veterinarian or staff who shows impatience or other lack of interest should be avoided. 


The veterinarian you choose should either be available for emergencies, or provide you with the information on another veterinarian to contact. While few are on-call around the clock, you need to know what to do if an emergency occurs after-hours, on weekends, or holidays.   


Your veterinarian should provide you with all the details you need for your dog’s ongoing good health. This includes letting you know when your pet needs to have his immunizations updated, the best way to deal with any health concerns, and how to avoid unnecessary health problems. The veterinarian who shows a sincere interest in your dog is the best choice.