If you do not have a veterinarian for your pet yet, ask the puppy's breeder or your dog-owning neighbors for recommendations. The local veterinary association can also give you the names of veterinarians in your area. You'll find conscientious and competent veterinarians conveniently located almost everyplace.
It is wise to select and get acquainted with the vet of your choice before trouble happens. Today's veterinarians are busy professionals; they don't often go to one's home. Their more complex equipment for examination and treatment is office-bound, so you should go to them.
Know if the veterinary hospital is found within a short driveof your home; determine what the office hours are, and whether it is possible to get emergency care after hours or on weekends and holidays. When inside the hospital, see if the facilities are clean, bright, and pleasant-smelling. Does the vet handle your dog diligently? Is he or she willing to talk about problems, treatments, and fees? Are the staff courteous and cheerful and, most important, tolerant to animals?
The important point is to search professional assistance before an ailment is advanced and the treatment unnecessarily hard or expensive. Don't forget that, like everything else these days, the cost of animal care has multiplied considerably. Some large cities have pet clinics for those not able to pay normal fees. Your local human organization can guide you to these.