Dog lover looking for advice: Part 2

posted 3 years ago in Pets
Post # 3
5460 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2012

I’d ask around to see who your friends/family/acquaintances use as their veterinarian.  Go meet them, check it out, ask about fees or policies, etc.  Kind of like interviewing for a pediatrician before you have a baby.

Tell them that you’re looking into adopting and you’d like to have a vet lined up right away.  Once you chosen them, let them know that you would like to list them as your veterinarian on the adoption application (so when the shelter calls to ask if they are your vet they don’t wonder what they’re talking about since you don’t even have a pet!)

Also, I must say KUDOS to you for looking into everything, being prepared, anticipating issues, and I just know that you’re going to be a great pet parent 🙂

Post # 4
825 posts
Busy bee

@DaneLady:  +1

@LoggerHead91207:  They’re just looking into making sure that if you already have a dog, that they’re well taken care of, that you’re not a hoarder, and that you’re financially capable of adding another member to your family. 

Post # 5
1327 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: April 2014

Can you inquire at the shelter what they want?  You’re probably not the first time owner trying to adopt from them.  I’m sure they can tell you if you’re supposed to just list who you plan to use or if you need to meet with a vet first.

Post # 6
5909 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: April 2018

@LoggerHead91207:  Oh yeah…I remember this part.  When we rescued our greyhound, holy shit, getting a mortgage was easier!  Three personal referrals, a vet referral, an in house interview whre they met with us and our dogs to evaluate our awesomeness and THEN….we could have possible dogs matched to us.

I complain a lot about it now, but it was totally worth the hassel.  Just interview a few vets, make an appointment to speak with one, let them know what you’re looking to accomplish and they’ll be more than helpful with the referral because they want you to get the dog as much as you do!

Post # 7
765 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

@LoggerHead91207:  When we adopted we asked that question to the shelter (a national adoption agency for greyhounds) and they said so long as you had at least found a vet and alerted that vet that you would be bringing your dog to them for treatment, they were fine with that. Call the shelters and agencies and ask. Most are very reasonable


@Nona99:  I said when we adopted our greyhound girl, adopting a baby from China was easier…

Post # 8
65 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

We were in the same boat when we adopted our dog.  Most likely they just want to know that you are prepared.  In our case I contacted the vet ahead of time to let them know we’d be coming to them once we adopted our dog (and to make sure they were taking new clients).  Then we let the rescue group know that we had a vet lined up. 

Post # 11
545 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

@LoggerHead91207:  Not a big deal. I’d just call the vet office you’re likely to use and say that you are looking to adopt your first dog and would like to eventually use them as a vet. I doubt you need to meet them first, but I’d check with the shelter to make sure. 

Post # 13
498 posts
Helper bee

@LoggerHead91207:  Adopt a dog from your local (or closest) SPCA. Most have in-house vets (called Wellness Clinics) open to the public so they don’t even bother asking for one–just tell them you plan on using theirs.

Also, dogs adopted from the SPCA are microchipped, have all of their shots, are spayed/neutered…and best of all, when you rescue one, you are saving TWO lives–theirs, and the dog who will be taken in to live in his empty room. Smile

I work for an SPCA, if you have any questions or need any kind of general dog advice, feel free to PM me.

Post # 15
1300 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: January 2012

LoggerHead91207  It’s great that you are preparing so well for when you will have a dog….we didn’t anticipate the cost until we got our little guy, but he’s been an absolute dream….nothing what we were originally going for….my husband wanted a Corgi and I wanted a boston terrier, we ended up with a Pekingnese mut and now a Chi/Pug mix….I was later told that you don’t choose your dog, your dog chooses you and in both cases I say that is one true statement.


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