We're closing out 2012 with a lot of snow and bitter cold temperatures! Here in usually sunny Colorado, the skies are hiding behind thin, white clouds and even the trees are shivering in these one-digit temps! Brrrrr!!!
The dogs only notice is when we want them to go out in the backyard. Olive, especially, rebels. "Not going out there!" she seems to say - giving the cold a loud 'woof' and high-tailing it to the kitchen, where she can sit by the heat register.
This kind of weather - at this time of year - leads me to think about the health and care of my pets. Molly, our kitty (who is beginning to warm up to the idea of coming upstairs!), is a good weight, she's bright and energetic; I don't think a vet visit is in store immediately for her.
The dogs are different. Chester has a bum knee and needs x-rays. Maybe next week? He favors that leg but otherwise doesn't seem bothered by it. I'm reluctant to have him put under anesthesia ... he'll need blood work ahead of time, of course. That is tempting - I like to do that for my elderly pets at least twice a year. I'll call the vet today, to get pet medication for Chester.I'll might be getting it from online stores - like vet medic pharmacy. Online is always a good place to check for meds and healthcare. It's an anti-inflammatory that worked well before, so I'm trying it again, before we do the x-ray surgery thing.
It's also time to take Emily to the vet. She doesn't need medication - she just needs a check up and one vaccine. She gets pretty scared and worried at the vet. Nothing serious - no aggression, but it's as if she's afraid we'll leave her there. Sometimes, it helps to bring Chester. Together, they do better. (notice how enthused Chester is about his reindeer ears!)
And then there's our Olive. Our little girl who thinks she's a big dog. So far, Olive (other than the big vet bill when we adopted her - the puppy mill did her no favors!) has been very healthy. She lost a lot of teeth that first month, but she doesn't seem to know those teeth are gone. If you saw yesterday's Wordless Wednesday post, she took that big bone. Yes, Chester let her... he always does... but, she wanted the big bone and she dragged it across the rug to keep for herself. LOL
Our pets are precious to us. We are their voices at the vet's office. We need to be aware of any pet medication they might need, pet health issues they might be hiding, and regular visits to the vet are necessary.
Always, pet medicatio n is a consideration for their continued good health. Even the joint meds Chester takes... and which I am thinking we should start giving to Olive. She's little, but she isn't getting any younger!
I hope you have visits to the vet on your calendar for 2013. I hope you don't hesitate to provide the right pet medication (sometimes your very own pharmacy can supply you - ours does!), and I hope you plan ahead for the good health of your pet.