I know, I recently had a post about the vet. However, Winston has had his fair share of non-routine visits that I wanted to cover before moving on.
There was that first visit on his second day with us.
A few months later, there was an incident. After leaving his crate, he chased one of his feline brothers (or sisters, he has two of each) into Payton’s bedroom. After cornering one of the cats, there was a brief scuffle, a yelp & that was it. He rubbed his snout with his paws & seemed no worse for wear. A couple days later, we noticed that one of his eyes looked a little cloudy. So we brought him to the vet. It turns out he had a corneal abrasion thanks to messing with a cat.
Not only did he have a corneal abrasion, we found out he had a second corneal abrasion in the other eye. After a few weeks of eye drops & follow-up visits, his eyes were fine. (You would think that he would have learned his lesson and stopped chasing the cats after that incident, but he didn’t.)
The next major injury came after an obedience training session with The Problem Pooch. During a leash-walking exercise, it was apparent that Winston was limping. It was tough to tell which leg/shoulder was the problem and it wasn’t too severe. It would come & go, but when we realized that it was persistent, we brought him to the vet again. Dr. Minor couldn’t figure out which leg it was either, so Winston was scheduled for x-rays.
This is not a simple procedure for our Winston. Because he is so rambunctious and excited about visiting all of his friends at the vet, he needed to be anesthetized before having an x-ray. He would never sit still long enough.
He had his x-rays (the poor guy was so out of it afterwards) and the results showed a gap in one of his front shoulders that wasn’t growing at the proper rate as the other. The options were an aggressive steroid prescription with limited exercise and if that didn’t work, an operation.
After a couple of months of the steroids, Winston went back for another x-ray to see how his leg was growing. Thankfully this time he didn’t have to be fully knocked out. The results were extremely positive and he has been fine ever since.
Aside from routine check-ups, booster shots and his “alteration”, Winston has been a regular visitor at the Groton Ledyard Veterinary Hospital on several occasions for diarrhea, lack of appetite and itchy paws. None of these trips has resulted in anything more than some antibiotics and brief change in diet. Sometimes I wonder if we’re being overly cautious with his health, but I would never forgive myself if I ignored something seemingly minor that evolved into a major problem.
We’re also very lucky to have found a fantastic vet with the aforementioned GLVH. Dr. Minor and his staff are all wonderful people who care about our pets as much as we do and understand how much they mean to us. The fact that they still let Winston be a patient after all of his visits and how REALLY excited he is one he shows up is a testament to their patience and understanding.
(Since I don’t have any pictures of a recuperating Winston, this random shot of him as a puppy will have to do.)
Up Next: Winston’s Friends (a special request from Winston’s favorite girl, Payton)