Well, it is that time of year for our two love bugs - April is annual dog physical month at our home and Rocco and Reese are so attached, that we have their physicals together at the same time to reduce stress. In reality, Rocco is fine with seeing the doctor on his own, but he does appreciate his darling Reese close by for company. However, the same cannot be said for Reese as Rocco most definitely helps to keep Reese calmer at the vet. If you read Reese’s Bio you may remember that she’s been in 5 homes prior to us adopting her, so our darling Reese definitely thinks something is up when there is a vet visit: Her normal calm, loving, quiet, trusting and fearless demeanor gets the shakes and she whines. It’s not terrible, but we always read this as her saying, “Are you kidding me, this again, how many times more and I thought you loved me.” This whining is always followed but us saying, “Calm down girlie, you know you are going home with us and this for your health and because we love you, so quit the guilt trip. This year was a special year - We now have a vet that can do home visits and this really helps Reese calm down. Reese now only goes to a veterinary office for major work or specialist services.
Let’s start with Rocco:
Early in 2014, Rocco was bitten by a tick despite being under an active tick and flea control program. We had the tick removed within 24 hours and had a follow up visit. At that time he had a mild, but inconclusive, positive test for Lyme disease. He got retested this month for Lyme and tested negative – we are so glad! The worst part for Rocco’s physical visit was that this time he had to get a few more shots… he received a Lyme vaccination, and a 3 year Rabies vaccination. New this year for Rocco was that he has a small bump on his belly – since Italian Greyhounds have so little fat, this bump made us worry. It turns out it’s a normal Lipoma, a benign fatty tissue, and thus nothing to worry about – It may even go away as they burn energy this summer.
As for Reese:
Late in 2014, Reese had an anal gland that was blocked. We managed to clear it and have not had any problems since. The big concern for Reese is always her teeth – When we adopted Reese, she already had severe dental disease and she had to have 14 teeth pulled which the vet at the time called “dirty piano keys” because when you touched them they moved like Piano Keys and she was in great pain. Today Reese is doing well and has as good a mouth as one can hope for, but we confirmed at the physical that she needs to again see our veterinary dentist. We have a consulting appointment scheduled for her, with the dentist in the middle of May. She may have some dental work done under anesthesia– we’ll update you on her progress. Aside from the teeth, Reese is in great health.
Both Rocco and Reese are current on all shots required, and both are on a heartworm and tick and flea prevention program. We are very happy to report that they are in good spirits, have good body condition, and that they are overall in excellent health.