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Do not know where (geographically)you are but your personal life and involvment between you /dog and vet are NOT private or safe from scrutiny.This is posted as a what if not actual situation.
You are involved in a dog/dog scuffle.The other owner claims to have been injured and thinking of lawsuit they CAN in many cases/states WITHOUT your knowledge/permission/approval both access or request your personal records from your vet.In my case I have nothing to hide but somehow feel invaded in that my personal relationship can become available to anyone that might insist/ask for this information without my permission.
 

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But the vet doesn't have to give it out just based on a request, right? I'd sure as heck hope my vet would not release information without consent or a court order.
 

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Lucinda 'If concerned ASK your vet what their policy is it's 'Kinda' a what if question that may never enter your mind or affect your life but a real simple thing to discuss with your vet.(offering this from personal experience as someone who has nothing to hide but NOT crazy about my and my dog's records being available without my consent'
 

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I guess if I think about it there seems to be little privacy. I've checked referrances on adoption applications and each time they are quick to go over the dogs (previous or prior dogs) history with me.
 

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My vets know that I breed dogs. I am sure that if a person contacted them and asked them about me and my dogs they would gladly tell them some stuff. I do not believe they would go in depth into my dog's health though.

I expect that they would say that I bring my dogs to them, that the dogs are well cared for, that I am knowledgeable and concientious about their care.

Of course, I do not know what by law they can or cannot divulge. I suppose I should ask specifically what kind of information they will share with people.

If my dog is accused of biting someone or their dog, they should be able to give them a history of my dogs' vaccinations. I suppose current contagious conditions would also be something they should be able to provide if the need arises.
 

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I asked about this a while back. There is NO confidentiality regarding vet records by law. Vets can talk to other vets without your consent & to anyone else.
 

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I'm not sure I like the idea of anyone being able to simply call my vet and find out everything there is to know about my dogs. I, too, have absolutely nothing to hide and if a situation ever came up, in which there was a good reason for someone wanting access to my dogs' records, I'd more than likely allow it. I guess I'd just like the courtesy of being asked for my consent, first.


Originally Posted By: shilohsmomI guess if I think about it there seems to be little privacy. I've checked referrances on adoption applications and each time they are quick to go over the dogs (previous or prior dogs) history with me.
This is one exception, or one instance, where I wouldn't mind my vet discussing my pets' medical history with someone. I mean, if I'm applying to adopt and have listed my vet as a reference (or given the information because it's required) I can pretty much assume that the rescue is going to follow up and call them. I think that giving the information in the first place implies my consent, so I'd have no problem with it.
 

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My advice would be to any person who enters into a situation where someone either treats or trains or evaluates your dog is that you want a notation in any record that YOU as owner wish to be notified and CONSENT before any records on your dog be released to a third party.Obviously this would NOT cover record of valid vaccination history.
 
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