What, our spring vet visit? It was such a nice morning! We had a short run, did some fun nose work hides, and then it happened. Before we knew it, we were in the vehicle, headed for the dreaded vet. Barring injury or illness, we end up there twice a year. Normally we go in March, so we were hoping Mom forgot this year, but that was not the case.
Don’t get me wrong, the people are super nice and friendly at our clinic, but we are super nervous about going there. I don’t mind so much, but Bailie is a furry basket case. The first thing we have to do is check out weight. Bailie is still holding steady at a muscular forty six pounds. Mom was happy I put on a couple pounds and now am at just under thirty pounds. I’m really skinny, despite eating almost as much as Bailie. Last fall, I was dropping pounds, so being back to thirty is a good thing.
We had to wait in the lobby for what seemed like weeks. Finally someone showed up to help us. She asked Mom a lot of questions, and then before I knew it, she was whisking me away all by myself. Mom said Bailie tried to come after me, but was not successful. Back in the bowels of the clinic, we had to get checked for heartworm. Of course, both of us tested negative, so we only needed to get more heartworm treatment for the coming season. Where we live, it is not necessary to take the pills all year long, but if we travel south to places like Florida we are apt to take it just in case.
We also needed to pick up some flea and tick prevention. The ticks where we live have gotten really bad the past few years. Many people are very against using any chemicals as a preventative, but for us, we find it is necessary. None of Mom’s dogs have ever had any reactions to topical or chewable flea and tick preventatives. Our furs, and especially me being short and shaggy, are tick magnets. In the fall of 2016, Bailie contracted a tick disease and became very ill, extremely fast. Thankfully, Mom got her to the vet early on, and they were able to treat her symptoms and get her on the road to recovery.
There are a lot of natural products for flea and tick prevention, but for us, they are not reliable enough, nor are they practical for our lifestyle. They often need to be applied every time a dog goes outside. We go in and out so often, it is just does not work for us. Everyone needs to decide on the best method of prevention for their own dog. Talking to your vet is often helpful in making these kind of decisions.
The entire vet visit didn’t take all that long, but we were stressed and exhausted when we got back home. Both of us curled up and slept for the rest of the afternoon.
I usually get to sleep in the wicker kennel in the afternoon. Bailie and I switch off all the time since it is our favorite napping spot. Knowing we are both healthy and set with preventatives for the upcoming season, we can rest without any worries. I guess the spring vet visit was a good idea after all. Is your pup ready for the battle against fleas, ticks, and heartworm?