Having raised five adopted dogs, I tend to be calmer now.
Our other dogs were mostly healthy. Yet they had their days of illness and injury. Dawn and Nabisco came from a healthy, not overbred in America, Keeshond stock. But one morning I found Nabisco lying on the kitchen floor with his ears down. Plus he was shivering.
Nabisco kept his prick ears down. He did not come to me. Even when I said his name! I suspected he suffered from a high temperature. So I called our Vet clinic and took him right away. Once the doctor saw him, he said, “Dogs get the flu.”
I had been stymied because my other dogs had never gotten the flu. I felt so glad for a quick diagnosis. After receiving a hydration injection and simple instructions, Nabisco’s ears perked up. I knew he was on the way to feeling better.
Along with getting a bath,
dogs dislike visiting a veterinarian
We found a new Vet about five years ago. Sydney hated the Vet we had taken our other dogs too.
But that choice has added challenges to get there at high traffic times. The new clinic lies about thirty to forty minutes from us by car. When a dog appears terribly ill it is harder to travel farther in a car, right?
But we believe it is worth the drive. Not only because Sydney likes the people who work there, but we love that their staff gives us options in suggested medical diagnosis. They investigate our dog’s potential causes of suffering by asking the right questions and running potential problems with us. I like this style of medical care. Our dog, Sydney, continues to do well under the treatment of Montecito Veterinary Center.
What do you do when your dog shows signs of illness?
We want to know so we can write about different ways of handling such a stressful event. Do you take someone else along to comfort the dog in your vehicle? Do you crate your pet on the way? Do you use canine seatbelts? Tell us your stories of a dog emergency or surprise visit to a pet medical clinic.
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