Friday, April 23, 2010
Awesome vet appointment
Wall-e had his vet appointment (routine exam) on Wednesday this week. I thought it was last week, but turns out that I was thinking a week early.
Every time I go with either Mika or Wall-e, I appreciate what a great vet we have! We're lucky to have a vet who really takes the time to explain things. We always have interesting discussions. Our vet has mostly a holistic approach; not fully holistic, but mostly. Being a holistic fan and follower myself, I think that's great.
The vet felt Wall-e's knees and hips and didn't see a problem; she said that they felt great, actually. He hasn't been limping or showing any other signs of lameness since I posted last week saying that he was sound again.
We had a long discussion on whether or not to give him a parvovirus vaccine. I take a more-is-not-always-better approach to vaccinations and am constantly reading about the alternatives, short-term and long-terms side effects, and pros and cons of vaccines. In the end, I was convinced that the vaccine would do more good than harm in the long run, so Wall-e was given a modified live parvo vaccine and received a dosage of a homeopathic detox afterward. I gave it to him again yesterday and he'll be getting more today, and then he's done. (Luckily for him! He hates the taste and makes a big face after it goes in his mouth!)
Finally, he got his heartworm test, which was definitely negative. He has the yellow wrap (with a heart on it!) around his leg because that's where they took the blood.
I wanted to say thanks to everyone for your encouragement when Wall-e was lame! I was really worried at the time. I'm so glad that it looks like it was only a soft-tissue injury and nothing serious!