It’s March which means my sisters and I need to head to the vet for a check up and to get our heartworm preventative for the year. Heartworm is nothing to mess around with, so we make sure and get our prescriptions filled in time for our first dosage. Our Dr. Valenti and the Inver Grove Heights Animal Hospital are so wonderful. We are always thankful we found such a good place to go to the vet!
My sisters and I go to the vet a minimum of twice a year. We purposely schedule our big physicals in August or September and our small check up for our heartworm preventative in February or March so we have our two visits covered. For humans, once a year doctor visits may be enough, but an entire year is a long time for a dog to go without seeing their vet. I’m thrilled they have nice comfy chairs for me to sit on while I wait for my turn.
I always start with a step on the old scale. Looks like I’m down about a pound from the fall. Yay! I get to eat more treats! Bailie was almost the exact same weight and Katie lost a small amount but has been eating better, so we are not too concerned. I had my check up and was out in no time flat. Everything looks good for me including my blood and urine tests. I had some protein level issues in my last tests, which we were hoping would be gone this time and they were.
Bailie was next up. She loves the vet and thinks it is a fun place to visit. I think she is nuts! The vet tech was playing games with her and she was really enjoying herself in the exam room, until…
it was time to draw some blood. Actually, Bailie didn’t really mind, but she has ants in her furry pants and can’t sit still, so they had to hold her down a bit. Her tests came back looking great too.
Katie was last up. She needed blood work and a heart recheck. You may recall, last fall they detected a low grade heart murmur with her. She is such a good patient. The good news is, her heart murmur is the same, no change. The bad news is she has developed a fairly serious, irregular heartbeat. Mom was given a stethoscope to take a listen and it was amazing, so very fast, and then it would slow again. The super fast rate can be uncomfortable and is very hard on the heart, so Katie set up an appointment for the next day to see a cardiologist. Having discovered this in just the six months since our last visit, we are very glad we get checked twice a year minimum. As a dog becomes a senior every three months is really ideal, but this winter it just didn’t happen with Katie. Unfortunately, the cardiologist did find a tumor in Katie’s heart. We have things to digest and sort out, and will post more about this on Friday.
PS: I do apologize for the poor photos at the vet, but my photographer says she is so busy concentrating on us girls and what the vet is saying, she doesn’t have the time to put into high quality photos. Hope that makes sense.