Tuesday was our annual family vet visit for 2015. Mom likes to pack all five of us fur siblings up and get all the annual physicals done at once. It is not an easy task, but it makes it easier to remember when we need to go in, and we all feel better being together. Katie, Bailie, and I make a second checkup visit every spring as well. Every pet should visit the vet at least once a year and as a pet ages, twice is even better.
This was a bitter pill to swallow! The cat who doesn’t like dogs, does nothing but lie around looking pretty, is a perfect example of health! Her weight came in at 8.7 lbs, her teeth scored a 0, which is the top score, and her vitals are all good. Seems to me this is proof genetics play a big role!
Bailie being our second most healthy fur sibling is no surprise as she is the youngest! Little Bailie is at 41 lbs which is a perfect weight for her size, all her vitals are good, but she scored a 1 on the teeth. Mom has not been brushing our very back teeth well enough, so there was some plaque there. Maybe next year she can move up to a 0.
I’m extremely proud to share my weight of 36.2 lbs. Dr. Valenti was so impressed with everyone’s weight! She told us all about how extra weight shortens life and how we are all so nice and fit which is amazing and awesome! I am actually down about a pound from last year, but I’m still at a good weight for my frame. My teeth also scored a 1 because of plaque on the back teeth, just like Bailie. Mom is working on brushing our back teeth better since our exam.
I only came in at third place as I have a bit of an infection in my “private area”. I’ve been having some issues and it looks like maybe I got a cut somehow which got infected, so I’m on meds for that. Next Friday I’m turning nine, so it was time to do a senior panel of tests. I’m also pleased as punch to tell you all my numbers came back perfect!
Bert and Bailie both enjoyed getting into tons of mischief in the exam room. With five pets, a vet, and two assistants, Mom was busy trying to pay attention to everything and didn’t get a lot of photos. Bert spent most of the time stealing dog bones out of the treat jar and eating them! Anyway, Bert is proud to let everyone know his weight is now 11.6 lbs. Eleven pounds would be ideal, but considering he was at 14.1 lbs in 2012, and 12.4 just a year ago, we are happy he is continuing to lose weight. Bert’s teeth scored a 1 overall, however, the back teeth on his left side are not looking too good, and he may need some dental work in the future.
Coming in last is not a surprise for Katie being thirteen years old now. Quite honestly, all five of us are really nice and healthy, and have just a few small issues here and there which is wonderful. Katie has lost some weight and now weighs just 69 lbs. At this point her weight is still alright, but she needs to maintain or gain a few pounds. Katie’s teeth came in at a 1 as well, with the same back teeth issue Bailie and I have. Katie had her yearly senior panel done and it came back great, no issues were found. The reason she did come in last is we found out she has developed a heart murmur. It is about a 2 on a scale of 6, so she had a chest x-ray which came back showing everything looking good. Katie needs to be monitored as the condition will continue to advance and she may need medication in the near future. Her not wanting to eat and heavy panting are all signs of her heart issue.
Our vet Dr. Valenti was so excited to see a family of our size with everyone in such good health. Not only do most of us have the ideal weight, we also have good muscle tone. She also said if Katie had not been such an active dog her entire life, she most likely would be having a lot of health issues at this point. She told Mom several times that for a thirteen year old Kuvasz, Katie is in amazing condition. The only real issue falls on Mom’s paws and that would be she needs to get to brushing our back teeth better which we have already started working on! Don’t forget to visit your vet! It is important for your health, and so easy to do!
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