Chester and Gretel are very healthy so I usually only take them to the vet once a year….or longer if I forget. I know that annual checkups are important but I didn’t always remember when our year had passed.
I also admit that I didn’t know some of the questions I should be asking. It was from a fellow blogger that I learned I should request a senior blood panel for Chester.
It seems obvious now that I would want an updated blood test to make sure he was still healthy and to use a benchmark to track future changes but I didn’t know. My vet was pleasantly surprised when I asked for one but I was a little surprised they hadn’t ASKED ME to get it done before. I am glad I knew to ask.
I discovered this really cool new website from the folks at Partners for Healthy Pets. They believe that annual checkups, and asking the right questions, are as essential to your dog as food and love.
Partners for healthy Pets created the healthypetcheckup.org to help you remember that it’s time to take your pet to the vet, to understand what your veterinarian looks for, and to understand what questions you should be asking. I registered Chester and Gretel for the annual checkup reminders.
So what’s been going on at our house that Chester and Gretel have been seeing the vet so much? Don’t worry, there is nothing wrong but it just worked out that way.
I discovered a new veterinary “clinic” in Seattle called VetPronto. VetPronto is kind of like an old-timey doctor house call except they take a modern approach to traditional mobile veterinary medicine.
VetPronto sends a licensed veterinarian to your home who talks with you about keeping your pet healthy while performing a routine examination. They can also give vaccinations and draw blood for tests…..all in a low-stress environment for your pet and at a time that is convenient for you. Chester and Gretel were about due for their annual exams so I thought I would give VetPronto a try.
A few weeks ago, Dr. Hur came to our house. He gave Chester and Gretel their annual exams and did Chester’s annual bloodwork tests. Chester’s bloodwork, and both exams, turned out fine. That was vet visit #1.
Dr. Hur generously offered to come to one of our recent Adventureweiner Club meetups so members could ask them questions about their pup. I also talked with him there about how to keep Chester and Gretel healthy and listened to the advice he was giving other pet owners. That was our second “vet experience” this month.
Then I freaked out a little on Friday. Gretel has been acting a little more subdued lately (it could be her mellowing as she ages, our increased activity level, or a sign that something is “off”).
We were hiking on the beach and I thought I noticed her walking funny. The skin on her back was twitching a little and I had never seen that before.
We immediately rushed back to Seattle and our regular vet squeezed her in between appointments. It turned out I was just being a paranoid Mama. The vet said Gretel didn’t show any signs of a back issue.
The vet said Gretel’s neurological function was normal, there were no reactions when he poked and prodded her in all of the “telling” places, she was carrying herself normally, and that she was in really good shape. So – whew! – false alarm but that was our third vet experience in a little over a month.
Hopefully we won’t have to see the vet again until I get our annual reminder from HealthyPetCheckup.org.
When was the last time you visited the vet with your pup? Would you use a “house call” vet if there was one available in your area?