Being healthy is important. That’s why mom works out, dad is starting to run and I get to do both. Today, I had my annual exam. It was only the second time I’ve been to the vet here (the first time I just had a heartworm test, so it was pretty easy). Before we went to the Dr, I got to go to work with Mom and met a new friend, Craig! I got a Kong before I went to the vet too, so it was a good morning!
As soon as we got to the vet, Mom requested the big room so that I would feel more comfortable (and so we could practice some of our training while we waited). Desi came in to get me and took me to get weighed. Apparently, all the treats from training have added to my waist line – I weigh 80 lbs! But, the Dr. said that that was okay. He said high 70s to low 80s was a good weight for me and said if I could stay where I was that would be fine. I still have a good taper and he could feel my ribs. I might be just a teensy bit chubby, but I have a lot of muscle – and muscle weighs more than fat, am I right?
Today I had bloodwork and a couple vaccines. For the bloodwork, they had to take the blood from my neck – so just to be safe, I put my muzzle on. I haven’t bitten, but I have been known to airsnap when I get nervous and since someone’s face was going to be near my face, I didn’t want to take any chances. I don’t mind my muzzle at all because I get treats while I put it on and then treats after I take it off. And I get lots of kisses while I have it on too.
After my blood was drawn, the Dr. came in to give me my full exam and the vaccines. I let him look in my mouth and in my ears, but got a little nervous and gave some lip when he wanted to touch my back legs, so I put my muzzle on again. More treats! He said I looked great and gave me lots of treats and pets when were done.
Mom gets the results from the bloodwork back on Monday, but she doesn’t expect there to be anything wrong. It’s always good to have a baseline in case something happens in the future.
Mom was really pleased with how things went and how well I did. I still get nervous sometimes meeting new people (especially when I have 3 people leaning over me!) but I didn’t have any airsnaps or growling and I even licked a couple of the girls! Of course, everyone commented on how handsome I am (duh!).
Mom said it was important to let you know all the details, because sometimes people think badly of muzzles or dogs that wear muzzles. I really wear it for my safety. I know that it keeps me from doing something bad out of fear and I know that I get rewarded before, during and after wearing it with treats, snuggles and praise. I’m glad that my foster family and my forever family understand my needs and cater to them while helping me get braver every day! That’s all part of being healthy, too!
Do you get scared when you go to the Dr?