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Veterinarian's Advice For Preparing to Adopt a Dog or Cat
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When you're busy falling in love with an adoptable dog or cat, practical matters are the last thing on your mind. Those big puppy eyes or sweet kitten whiskers will suck you right in.

But before you send in an adoption application, take a minute to consider all the responsibilities that come with a new pet. As wonderful as pet ownership can be, it's best to go into it with a clear understanding of exactly what you need to do to help your new family member live their best, healthiest life. When Dr. Deborah Thomson, DVM, meets new pet owners, she advises them to follow a few basic steps to get ready to bring home a new furry family member. Here's what you need to know.