first and foremost…very nice site and i’ve enjoyed reading many of your responses…i have a…

first and foremost…very nice site and i’ve enjoyed reading many of your responses…i have a series of questions that i’ll ask over the coming weeks but don’t want to inundate you…

i lost two shelties last year after 12 great years…i’m now exploring a new dog or two and am going through the inner conflict of purebred vs. shelter…

currently i’m leaning towards a 2 year old shelter dog that is being fostered…the dog has been spayed and checked by a vet but as a potential adopter what do you recommend a new owner look for health wise…clearly i am interested in temperament but if money was not a concern…are there a series of tests you’d recommend…i was thinking of recommending a visit to my vet and ordering a blood profile, stool sample, and urinalysis…does that seem reasonable before adopting a new dog? other thoughts? again, money is not a concern…i repeat that not to sound arrogant because money is always a factor but i want to do the right thing and then weigh finances…

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Kristen Vance
6 years ago

Hello!
I am an advocate of shelter Animals! They need good homes :). I think any dog under 5-7 it’s reasonable to do a CBC, chemistry and thyroid as well as a heartworm test (all blood tests) and a fecal sample and urine check. If an older animal you may add survey x rays.

Dr Kristen Vance