Thursday, March 19, 2009

THREE TO THE VET (Pt 5 - THE END)

WE"RE ALL IN GOOD HEALTHJACK

Abby, Jack and Sophie here with our final chapter about our visit to "The Vet" last Saturday. We Bumpass Hounds have been going to Confederate Ridge Animal Hospital and Doctor Alan Witter DVM since way before any of us were here or before we were even the Bumpass Hounds. Mom and Dad started going there when they got Rusty ( photo ->), their first dog. Jack and Abby weigh 65 lbs and Sophie checks in at 101 lbs. We all got our required vaccinations for the year. Dad picked up a year's supply of Sentinel tablets for 50-100 lb dogs. That's a one month supply for us: one tablet for all 9 dogs and an extra tablet for each of the Newfs because they weigh over 150 lbs each. That's 11 tablets a month, so we have one tablet left over. Dad only needs to buy an 11 year supply each year - hahahahahaha. Sophie got her first CRAH physical examination. Her first "official" weight is recorded at 101 lbs even though everyone at CRAH knows that she weighed 132 pounds when she first visited back in October. So her CRAH record doesn't say anything about her being obese. And the entire CRAH staff seems to really like Sophie. Abby also had a first this visit. She growled at The Doc. No Bumpass Hound has ever, ever, done that. Doc had to tell Abby to "shush down." Jack and Sophie were stunned at Abby's behavior. Dad thinks she did it because Jack was so frightened about being there and Doc was examining him when she growled; she didn't want Doc to hurt Jack. Another first for a Bumpass Hound was when Abby peed on the floor out back when she was "donating" blood for testing. We think that Abby's name might be on the list now. It's not smart to growl at the guy with the pokers and prodders and syringes; not smart at all Abby. Jack is the only one of us with a medical issue. Doc says that Jack has respiratory sinus arrhythmia (RSA). RSA is an intrinsic resting function of the cardiopulmonary system. Jack has an irregular heart beat when he is at rest. When he exerts himself with exercise his heart beat sounds "normal" like the rest of us because his heart accommodates his blood flow requirements. When Jack is at rest his heart beat slows down to his "normal" rhythm which is not the same as the rest of us; it is irregular. Doc says that as long as Jack doesn't show any problems we don't have to do anything but keep an eye on him. If he stumbles or falls or shows any signs of distress then he has to go back to see Doc for a cardiac workup. There are medications that Jack can take if his arrhythmia becomes a problem. Nowadays, dogs can even have a pacemaker installed if necessary. Should any of this happen then Jack won''t be allowed to run the perimeter of the paddock at 1 zillion miles per hour like he does now. So we'll do like Doc said; we'll keep an eye on Jack. Doc brought his own Jack Russell dog Izzy into meet us. Izzy is as relatively fat as Sophie was when we got her. Iz is a cute girl and she sure loves The Doc; we think it's a mutual admiration society between her and Doc. So we were done and could load up and go home. First dad had to get checked out by Jessica. Jessica is so pretty that she gave dad heart palpitations; or maybe it was the bill that she gave him that caused that? While we waited to check out Sophie took another tour of the waiting room with her leash in her mouth. Everybody thinks it's funny that Sophie likes to take herself for a walk. Dad took the bill and medicines and rabies certificate and tags etc., etc., and put them all in a bag. He also bought mom a Confederate Ridge T-Shirt to wear to LVT school. Then Caitlin took Jack and Abby's leashes and dad took Sophie's and we departed for home; there's no place like HOME. - Abby, Jack and Sophie

OBTW: Yesterday's Wordless Wednesday is a photo of Jack, with Abby's head over to the left. Jack has 'whale eyes' because he is not at all happy about being at the Vet's for his annual. He is very put out by the entire experience.

SOPHIE CHECKING THINGS OUT
video

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6 comments:

Gus said...

Good News, even though it took a while to get it:)

Muzzer added up your Sentinel bill and then added in what the heartworm pills might be and just about passed out. And she complains about our bills - now she has a real comparison. Do you guys get bulk discounts? We sure hope so.


gussie

Penny, Poppy & Patches said...

Our mom is having a fainting spell just thinking about what your vet bill must be! She always took me (Poppy) and Penny together for our annual shots and the bill used to give her a heart attack. Now that there are 3 of us, we think we might go one at a time...just to keep our mom's blood pressure from going sky-high!

Aire-hugs,
Poppy, Penny & Patches

Homer said...

Hello! Hello Bumpass Hounds!

Here in Holland the vets are very expensive (we are looking at 30 to 40 Euros just for basic consultation). Even toys i.e. nylabones cost soooo much!

Hey Jack, don't do anything too crazy OK. Nice video of you guys. Woof!

Love,
Homer

PS: I don't know if Petedge www.petedge.com would be more cost savings for your tablets? Worth checking out?

Jan's Funny Farm said...

Stop by when you can. We gave you an award.

Gandalf and Grayson said...

Wow! What a huge bill just the Rx must be for your brood! Mom use to have 2 lg and 2 sm breed dogs and thought that was bad! Wow!

Mason Dixie said...

The vet must love when your team comes in for a visit. =) Glad all are well. and 101 pounds that is pretty darn good.

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