Shih Tzu Vet Update: Four Star Visit

I wanted to talk about flow­ers today, but Mom said I should talk about our annual vet exam we had yes­ter­day at Clear Creek Ani­mal Hos­pi­tal. First, Mom tricked us. She knows that when­ever we get in the car we think we’re going to the nice park for a walk, but we were wrong. It was too late to escape once we saw where she was really tak­ing us.

She was happy I didn’t get fright­ened and pee on the floor like I used to. How­ever, Nigel “marked” his visit and they had to rush to get a paper towel to clean it up. That’s prob­a­bly why he got to be exam­ined first. Before Dr. Lind­sey did that, though, we all got weighed. Candy weighs the least, at 13.40 pounds. When we came to live at the Freeze Hacienda after liv­ing at the puppy mill, she weighed 11 pounds. The doc­tor says she is a nice weight. Dot­tie is a lit­tle more “plump.” She weighs 18.40 pounds! The doc­tor wasn’t that con­cerned, though, since her weight has hardly changed over the last few years. Mom says she is a “big girl.” When Nigel came to live with us he had been very sick, and he only weighed 10.80 pounds. Now, how­ever, he weighs 14.40 pounds. Well, now I have to say what I weigh. I weighed 13.60 pounds in 2011. Now I weigh, gulp, 16.60 pounds. The assis­tant put me back on the scale because she didn’t think that was right, but it was. The vet says I should lose at least a pound so Mom says I am going to get less treats. Bummer!

We all got a Lep­tospiro­sis vac­ci­na­tion — what­ever that is. Mom and the vet talked about Nigel’s eye scare ear­lier this year. He had a corneal per­fo­ra­tion. We aren’t sure how well he sees out of it. I guess Mom needs to take him in for a checkup at the spe­cial­ist for that. Beyond that, she thought Nigel was pretty healthy.

Candy might have a food allergy and Dot­tie might too, because of some prob­lems with their ears. Candy’s ears are a lit­tle “thick” and Dot­tie has a lot of wax in hers. The vet asked if they itch them a lot. Mom said they used to but that she was clean­ing them (with Vet’s Best Ear Relief) and Candy and Dot­tie didn’t seem to be hav­ing a prob­lem lately. Dr. Lind­sey said that if it gets worse, Mom might have to do some food tests to see what food might be caus­ing the prob­lem. Dot­tie is 8 years old and her vision might not be as well as mine, but oth­er­wise, the vet said she was in good health. I don’t know why she didn’t say she needed to lose weight!

Besides the vet say­ing I need to lose a pound, she also said I have to go in to get my teeth cleaned. Ugh. I guess I have too much tar­tar on my teeth. Mom was dis­ap­pointed since the vet always told her how good our teeth looked. Mom thought our teeth were good because of the chew sticks she gives us, but they must not be help­ing my teeth. I hope that doesn’t hurt!

The good news was that the vet told Mom if she had gold stars, she would give them to us! So I guess we did pretty good!

 

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