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What Will a Quality Vet Do in a Consultation

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A quality vet will do little and enquire a lot.

What is a quality vet supposed to do in a consultation, such that you don't pay the vet dearly merely for the exchange of "Hello, and by the way your dog looks fine".

Or, way worse and way more common, that you pay dearly long-term for the harm to health that the short-term relief of some symptom implies!

MyGermanShepherd Health ManualHere are the only things we expect from a vet during the - at the very least - yearly vet visit. You may or may not want to expect the same.

1A good look in the mouth and eyes and ears: because a quality vet can see most common health problems simply by looking in the mouth! surprised

2Auscultation with a stethoscope: Cardiovascular system, Respiratory system, and Digestive system.

3Every three years a titer.

IF either 1. or 2. raise concern, an ECG (electrocardiogram), ultrasound, urinalysis, stool analysis, complete blood analysis, or blood smear may be indicated.

Note that that's it!

So: No vaccination "booster", no X-ray, no steroidal drugs, no nonsteroidal drugs, no antibiotics, and no kibble bags, dog "treat" samples, or chew bones from the vet or store shelves or amazon!


  • A complete blood analysis and a blood smear can be truly life-saving - as I had to learn with my new puppy! And in all other instances it gives deep insight into the health of all 12 body systems of the dog.
  • When you cannot observe that your chosen vet performs 1. and 2. - or way more common - when the vet does perform or prescribe or sell what is explicitely excluded then it would be wise to raise your concern immediately, certainly before you pay.
  • If your vet then reacts stubborn or uppity, the best response would be to leave outright. Just leave.

Like I said, you may or may not want to expect the same. It's your choice, your life, your dog, and your bank account.


  • In most nations every three years (soon every seven years) a Rabies "booster" vaccination is legally required - ironically irrespective whether you have a Chihuahua who never leaves the house or a German Shepherd who roams the woods.
  • Other vaccinations are voluntary and should NOT be repeated with a "booster" because actually vaccinations last for the life of the dog!
  • Exception: When the dog's immune system has been compromised, either directly through administration of steroidal or nonsteroidal immunosuppressants or indirectly through administration of antibiotics, or through severe sickness.
  • When the immune system may have been compromised, a titer should be ordered to establish whether immunity still exists.

  • Only where the titer suggests that immunity is lost, we would re-vaccinate the dog when healthy for the life-threatening viruses (Parvo and Distemper) that are prevalent in our geography. For no other.
  • Would because it has never happened, re-vaccination was never needed because immunity was never lost! The titer always showed some reaction, and for us that's enough.
  • Again, you may or may not want to expect the same. Studying this Periodical will help you decide.

  • Either way, your chosen vet should know very well:
    • which vaccination is legally required in your geography
    • and which vaccinations are sensible in your geography and given your dog's living situation, and why?
  • If your vet cannot explain in plain English why (s)he wants you to pay for a certain vaccination, I would advise: LEAVE.
  • And if your vet can explain her recommendation in plain English, then consider the vet's suggestion carefully, but do not blindly follow it.
  • Because remember: the Foundation of Health. And remember: Vets run a business, you raise a dog.

Be a conscious medical consumer. For the benefit of your family, your dog, and your bank account.


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