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    Heya guys,

    Just joined the forums a week ago and really enjoying reading all the stories and advice.

    I was wondering if anyone had any tips on choosing a good vet? We'll be getting out new little pup in a few weeks and if you've got any advice on what to look for, what questions to ask it would be much appreciated!

    Thanks,
    Leanne

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    Not sure what you'd ask. I found my vet through word of mouth, I had 5 people tell me how great he was.

    Where abouts are you, I'm sure someone could suggest a vet for you

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    Where abouts are you? If you're on mid-north coast, the Camden Haven Vet has a great reputation and very reasonable compared to others around, with his costs.
    <a href=http://i39.photobucket.com/albums/e170/mysnakesau/P1040826-1.jpg target=_blank>http://i39.photobucket.com/albums/e1...P1040826-1.jpg</a>RIP Tigga

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    Word of mouth is always a good recommendation, if you don't know anyone to ask, take a wander down to your local dog park, and ask people there who they go to. Or have a look at who the closest vets are and pop in, tell them you are about the get a pup and wanted to find out what services they offer etc...if they aren't helpful give them a miss.

    It's hard to find a good vet, sadly my favourite vet is now 2 hours away, the local vets here are okay but I have not established the same relationship as I had with my previous vet. Not a lot on offer around here, however the locals are competent and that's the main thing.

    As Bordeaux suggested if we know where you are, we might be able to help, also depends if you are willing to travel a bit out of the local area.

    In My Home Dog Minding
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    My favourite vet here in Newcastle is one that sits on the floor to talk to my Ralph. Instead of putting him up on the table where he sometimes freaks out.
    He does most checking etc while sitting on the floor. My Ralph is much more relaxed like that!
    Apparently most of the animals that see him prefer it!

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    my favourite vet is now 2 hours away,
    Thats what Im worried about if we move. We will be 5 hours away from Boss's vet.. Im not looking forward to taking him to someone else

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    Peta23

    You could ask your current vet to recommend one in the area you will be visiting. Vets do talk to each other and about each other.

    leanne

    I hope you're planning to get your new pup from a registered breeder or a rescue and not any kind of puppy mill. And I hope you've met the doggy parents if you're getting your puppy from a breeder...

    This link has lots of good advice about puppies, including how to choose, and how to train and look after. Start with the "before you get your puppy" and work on from there.
    Digital Dog Training Textbook | Dog Star Daily

    There will be quiz questions based on info inside it here later.

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    Thanks for all the advice - we live in the Sydney Inner West area (Ashfield), and I think there is a dog park nearby so will ask around down there and see.

    @hyacinth, cheers for the info, have been reading lots of info on how to choose a puppy and what to avoid. We've spent some time with both parents of the puppy we're getting at the breeders place and pretty happy with the setup there. Looks like a great site!

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    Sydney Uni are fantastic, the downside is you don't tend to get one regular vet, it's the final year students, all fully supervised. I've dealt with them several times including one of my fosters that needed major surgery for a liver shunt.

    A bit further afield is Bexley vet, they are my favourites, I love love love them! 2 vets both of whom I had the most wonderful relationship with.

    A bit closer at Five Dock is All Natural Vets, I've never heard a bad word said about them, and Barbara Fourgere is highly respected by all pet lovers. Here's the link
    All Natural Vet Care :: An Integrative Approach to Veterinary Care

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    Quote Originally Posted by GreysAreGreat View Post
    Sydney Uni are fantastic, the downside is you don't tend to get one regular vet, it's the final year students, all fully supervised. I've dealt with them several times including one of my fosters that needed major surgery for a liver shunt.

    A bit further afield is Bexley vet, they are my favourites, I love love love them! 2 vets both of whom I had the most wonderful relationship with.

    A bit closer at Five Dock is All Natural Vets, I've never heard a bad word said about them, and Barbara Fourgere is highly respected by all pet lovers. Here's the link
    All Natural Vet Care :: An Integrative Approach to Veterinary Care
    Sydney Uni are great. Ben Landon one of the head surgeon's is brilliant!
    But all the vets and final year students are very caring. My only thing was the cost!

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