Don’t forget to use your veterinarian as a good resource when deciding on a new pet. He or she may know the reputation of local shelters and rescues and, of course, can also help you understand the unique personalities or health issues of many dog breeds. Before you know it, with a little planning, you may have a wonderful new addition to your family.
Dr. Elizabeth Bradt is a 1986 graduate of Tufts University Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine and is the owner of All Creatures Veterinary Hospital in Salem (www.creaturehealth.com). She is a member of the American Society of Veterinary Journalists. Email your pet questions to email@example.com. Please title your email “Vet Connection.”