Monday, May 2, 2011

Met the Vet

Eli is snuggling up in my arms now, taking a little rest after an eventful afternoon.
He was excellent at the veterinarian's office. Not a peep came out of him! Dr. Blakeslee checked him over and gave him a clean bill of health. She weighed him first so I could finally find out that he weighs 2 pounds, 12 ounces. She said his teeth are nice, his eyes look good, his heart sounded perfect, and he felt nice and healthy. She said Eli is developing very well, especially for being the runt of the litter. She also said she can see that he received some of the sire's Toy Chihuahua genes, though it's difficult to guess how big he will become because he has a mix in him.
Dr. Blakeslee didn't want his experience at the doctor's office to be too traumatic for him, so Eli only had his distemper vaccine today. She also gave him an oral dose of wormer and he began Interceptor for monthly heartworm preventative, too. His next appointment is May 12th. He'll start his rabies vaccine series then and I believe she said he'll get a Lyme vaccine at that time, too.
Dr. Blakeslee was surprised to find both of Eli's testicles. She said they're usually still hiding up in the abdomen at 11 weeks. I told her, "Those have to go!" Eli will be able to have that procedure done at the beginning of August.
Eli had no flea dander at all. I told her that I put Frontline on him the day after I brought him home. She was pleased to hear that.
Eli was so well behaved, even when two German Shepherds were barking. Since we were in the area we stopped at a store and Eli remained so quiet inside his carrier. Back out in the car, though, I discovered that he had an upset stomach. Poor little guy! It must have been from the distemper shot. I let him have some sips of water and cleaned out his carrier before we started off again.
We stopped at my mother's house to give Eli a break from his carrier. I had him on leash with his vest, so after he had some more to drink, we practiced walking in the yard. This was a new yard for him and he made me very proud because even though there were new smells and different things, he walked nicely with me. I introduced Eli to my mom's dog, Delmi, but through the kennel. Delmi's a German Shepherd and without my mom home for Delmi to listen to, I didn't want to take a chance. Eli was fine. He sat next to me while she barked playfully. He didn't bark back, but definitely seemed uneasy and was looking to me to make sure the situation was alright.
While typing this up, Eli woke up and asked to get down to play. Looks like his tummy's feeling better! 8)
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  1. awe...they are so dependent on their owners aren't they.

  2. Studies have shown that approximately 40% of dominant dog aggressiveness is associated with lack of authority on the part of the owner.
    Factors which cause aggressiveness in dogs are: failure of the dog to receive basic obedience training; spoiling and pampering; not spaying/neutering; leaving dogs with constant supply of food; and spending very little time with the dog.
    Dogs don’t have the instincts necessary to survive on their own. Domesticating dogs has made the dog dependent on us. They must be trained and socialized. Dogs need to be provided regular veterinary care, and kept properly groomed and pest-free. They also need proper identification and a proper diet, as the quality of the food the dog eats directly affects his quality and length of life.
    Dogs need to become part of the family "pack." They are pack animals and need to be included in our lives. And play interaction enhances the owner-dog relationship, which is beyond just taking walks. 8)