How do you get a copy of your dog’s medical records?


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Our question this week was:

Dr. Debra – I'm moving and want to get a copy of my dog's medical records. I called and talk to someone that worked in the kennel and she told me I couldn't get a copy. Do you have any recommendations on how to get a copy?

Jill S. Boston


Hi – thanks for your email. You wrote that you are moving and want a copy of your dog's medical records. When you called the clinic – they told you no.

In my experience, getting your medical records is not a problem. I'd recommend calling back and talking to a receptionist or practice manager and telling them about your situation. Alternatively, find a vet in your new location and ask that clinic to call your clinic for the records. People moving and asking for their records is very common and generally NOT a problem. We fax or mail records to other clinics all the time if someone moves.

Best of luck!

Dr. Debra

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debra-primovic Dr. Debra Primovic

Debra A. Primovic, BSN, DVM, Editor-in-Chief, is a graduate of the Ohio State University School of Nursing and the OSU College of Veterinary Medicine. Following her veterinary medical training, Dr. Primovic practiced in general small animal practices as well as veterinary emergency practices. She was staff veterinarian at the Animal Emergency Clinic of St. Louis, Missouri, one of the busiest emergency/critical care practices in the United States as well as MedVet Columbus, winner of the AAHA Hospital of the year in 2014. She also spends time in general practice at the Granville Veterinary Clinic. Dr. Primovic divides her time among veterinary emergency and general practice, editing, writing, and updating articles for, and editing and indexing for veterinary publications. She loves both dogs and cats but has had extraordinary cats in her life, all of which have died over the past couple years. Special cats in her life were Kali, Sammy, Pepper and Beanie.