The 2020 annual vet visit was different from any we have ever had before. It also fell in National Immunization Month, so of course we “got shot” while at the vet. Normally we all go together once a year, but this year it didn’t happen. Olivia had to go in July on her own, Bailie and I went this week, and the cats still have to go at some point. Mom had to wait out in the car too which made things kind of scary!
I was first up for my annual exam. Mom didn’t have any issues to go over with our vet. I weighed in at thirty one pounds which is up from twenty eight a year ago. No worries, my body conditioning scale is perfect. I’m a solid, fit, little bundle of hound. My chompers are also in perfect condition. The scale goes from zero to four, with four being really bad. My chompers come in at about .5. Our vet was really amazed at how good my teeth are!
Bailie was second because she had some issues and since she is now seven, Mom wanted to have a senior panel done on her. For some reason, Bails gets a skin rash on her belly in the summer, so Mom had the vet check that out and they discussed some options for treating it. It doesn’t bother Bailie at all, which is the good news. She too has a dental score of .5, and Mom got more praise for the teeth of a young puppy in a seven year old dog. We are all proud of our chompers. Bailie’s senior panel came back and everything is absolutely perfect, she is healthy as a horse. Hopefully horses are healthy.
The other great news is that Bailie came in at forty five pounds. About eighteen months ago we switched to Dr Harvey’s Canine Health where Mom adds protein and oil to the base food. Bailie put on almost four pounds the first six months and Mom was shocked! No matter what you feed your dog, the bag always seems to suggest too much. We started high, and scaled down, but Bailie also stopped playing as much and the pounds came on. Being a fit family, Mom spent the past year adjusting Bailie’s portions and she is now is top form, also with a perfect body conditioning score!
Our annual vet visit was weird this year, no fun photos, no family togetherness, but we came out in perfect health and that is most important! We are all proud to take such good care of ourselves, and to be so healthy. Oh yes, there was one small negative…Bailie’s eyes are starting to show some signs of aging, so she may need to wear glasses more now, but it is something normal that happens to every dog.