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Preparing your pet for its first trip to the vet

Houston area veterinarian Dr. Lori Teller shares what you should expect from a trip to the vet.


Veterinary personnel keep a cat named Miller calm as he has blood drawn at a veterinary hospital in Florida.


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Each month, Houston Matters goes to the dogs...and cats, as we welcome your questions about the care and feeding of your canine and feline friends, for veterinarian Dr. Lori Teller from the Meyerland Animal Clinic and Texas A&M University. She's also Immediate Past President of the American Veterinary Medical Association.

In the audio above, we talk with Dr. Teller about what new pet owners should expect from their first visits with a veterinarian, from what happens on that initial visit, to how to prepare our pets for it.

Dr. Teller suggests taking them for rides in cars that don’t always end up at the veterinarian’s office. She also says many vets can schedule visits that are just fun for the animal and don’t involve any vaccinations.

Dr. Teller also fields a variety of questions from listeners, including one about whether or not to serve their animal companion grain-free pet food.

Joshua Zinn

Joshua Zinn

Producer, Houston Matters

Joshua is a producer for Houston Matters on News 88.7 as well as the host of Encore Houston on Houston Public Media Classical. He joined Houston Public Media as a radio intern in 2014 and became a full-time announcer the following year. Now he prepares segments and occasionally records interviews...

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Craig Cohen

Executive Producer & Host, Houston Matters

Craig Cohen is the executive producer and host of Houston Matters, which airs weekday mornings at 9:00 on Houston Public Media, News 88.7 FM. Craig is a 20+ year veteran of broadcast journalism. He's spent the bulk of his career in public media, in roles ranging from programmer and manager,...

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