We had a follow-up appointment today at 1 PM to check on Puff's surgical progress, her physical condition, and to leave a stool specimen to test for Heterobilharzia_americana eggs.
Puff, shortly before she got sick, weighed 63 lbs/28.6 kgs. Today, at check in time, she weighed 57.8 lbs/26.2 kg. Who'd have thought her spleen and a small section of small intestine would be that heavy? (j/k)
Our vet thought she looked good and acted spry.
Puff was a worse stinker today than she's ever been. It started as we were driving through Manhattan, KS, ("The Little Apple") on the way to university. Puff obviously recognized where we were going and got very excited, jumping back and forth between the front and back seats, vocalizing non-stop. Then when we got to the waiting room, it was as if Puff couldn't wait -- every 4th year student who passed by, every person who passed by -- Puff strained at her leash to get to and called to with fairly loud sounds as if saying, "Are you coming for me? You ARE coming for me, aren't you? Oh PLEASE say you're coming for me!! PLEASE! PLEASE!!!!" (Not barks but loud vocalization as if she's saying words in some kind of dog dialect.)
Fortunately, there were just a few people in the waiting room and they seemed to find it more amusing than I did (I wanted my usual well-behaved, quiet furkid.)
THEN, when our 4th year student (Jen) did pick us up and we got in the examining room, Puff was a real pill in not rolling onto her side so Jen could see the incision or stay still for getting pulse, repeatedly trying to hide under a table, etc. And when our vet, whom Puff's known for years, came in and repeated the vitals, plus scoped Puff's eyes and ears, examined her mouth and gums, it took all 3 of us to hold Puff still enough. Sheesh!!
They took her away for their surgeon to examine her and the report back on that was good; she's healed nicely.
I was hoping they'd be able to tell me about the fecal sample, but no -- they'll call or e-mail me when they find out tomorrow. If it's positive for the H.A. eggs, she'll repeat another 10 day course of Fenbendazole and have her fecies tested 10? 14? days after the last dose, repeating that process until it tests clear.
Since it's almost a certainty Puff picked up the H.A. in the nature preserve where we walk every morning (from wading in its pools, sloughs) we're scheduling semi-annual retests for H.A. the first of June and the first of December.
On our morning walks, I'll either keep her on leash when we pass those water/mud areas OR take trails that avoid them. And, I'm carrying a folding fabric water bowl and water for her to drink so she isn't too tempted to get to water.
Charges today for an hour of vet service?
Recheck exam pet health_________________ 1.00 unit__________$16.00
Fluke egg recovery Sedimentation__________1.00 unit__________$19.00
(See why I drive the 50 miles to K-State and love their vet services?)
Last edited by Bob Pr.; 06-01-2010 at 08:30 PM.
Puff [YF, AKC field line (from competing HT/FT breeder) 62 lbs, dob: 8-'01]
Bess [BF, AKC bench line (from competing show breeder) 55 lbs., 1967-1981] "Poor Bess, the Wonder Dog":
Sounds like she is doing great Bob.
Sandie, Tank 5/25/1998 - 07/08/2011, Orson & Sully
Glad she is recovering well.
Glad she is doing well, although sounds like she was, um, well, not necessarily her calm self there!
Glad she is doing well
It all sounds good let's hope for a good result on the stool specimen too. Keep us updated.
Glad to hear she is doing so well! Keep up the good work!
Good news My dgos have always LOVED going to the vets, very excited and friendly to everyone. But the last time I had Emilu there, she was fine until the vet came into the room, and then she treid to hide behind the chair - she's NEVER done that. He is a great guy and always very nice to the dogs. I guess she just decided she had had enough at the vets over the years
Good news Bob glad she is doing well