When first accepted by RAGofAZ, each dog is given a medical examination
by a licensed veterinarian. If the dog’s vaccines are due, or if the vaccine
history is unknown, vaccines are given. If the Golden is not spayed or
neutered already, this procedure is done. If the dog is ill with a treatable
condition, medicine is provided by RAGofAZ. We do not usually do any
blood testing except for valley fever, unless the doctor
feels it is warranted. About 20% of the Goldens we have taken into
Rescue have valley fever. Since the medication for this treatable condition
is expensive, we provide it for three months following adoption. Potential
adoptive families are always told about any medical problem that is known
about a rescued dog.