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Episode 78 - Choosing a puppy and more on spending less at the veterinarian


Released Sat December 13, 2008
Length: 1:02:35
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Spending less at the veterinarian

If you're looking for ways to save money as we all feel the bite of the credit crunch, veterinarian Paula Terifaj has some great advice on how you can spend less on your dog's medical treatment.

In the second part of her interview, Paula talks about what you should do to prepare for a large vet bill. She also has tips if you are already in debt, and she'll tell you if insurance is financially viable. Paula also reveals the single most significant contribution you can make to keeping your dog healthy - which of course means paying out less at the vet's surgery.

You can find out more about Paula and benefit from her excellent advice at her website and blog, and she even has a newsletter you can subscribe to. So now you can keep your dog in the best of health without breaking the bank.

Choosing a good dog breeder

The documentary Pedigree Dogs Exposed has caused turmoil in the dog world in the UK, with the Kennel Club being accused of putting dogs' appearances ahead of their health. What is the truth of the matter? Are Kennel Club approved breeders the best guarantee of a healthy puppy? If a dog isn't Kennel Club registered does that mean it's more likely to live a long happy life? Should you look for a breeder who carries out health tests? What about puppy farms or mills, and are back yard breeders to be avoided? What's the difference between the top kennels and a hobby breeder?

If you're confused, let Kimberley MacDonald make sense of it for you. Kimberley breeds healthy, well-balanced Rottweilers and Greater Swiss Mountain Dogs, and has the information you need to know about buying a puppy, how to spot a good breeder and how to recognise a bad one. How should you buy a puppy - and just as importantly, how should you never buy a puppy?

Find out more about Kimberley and her dogs at the Samala Rottweilers website.


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