Al's Ramblings

Tuesday, August 09, 2016

(8/09/2016 12:41:00 PM) - Al

I was reminded by Facebook that I posted this 3 years ago today. Since I know many of you said you liked posts about the Rambling dog more than anything (for new readers, Ronnie passed away a year and a half ago just short of his 19th birthday), I thought I'd reprint it below.

Just got home from the vet, where I got to witness a 17 year old dog get his temp taken in a mighty uncomfortable manner (I s'pose that's how they always do it, but I'd never saw it before), and then, ahem, take a stool sample...needless to say, Ronnie was giving myself and Andrew some mighty unhappy glances...if looks could kill. When we went to leave, he was hesitant to jump in the car, so I gave him a soft push on his butt to nudge him along, and, I believe, if we would have had proper documentation, he would have set some sort of cocker spaniel record, landing on the driver's seat having taken off from the ground on the passenger side.I think that was his way of hinting that area was a bit tender.

{And yes, I'll be the first to say I feel somewhat less intelligent for having a battery of lab tests run on an elderly (on the posters at the clinic, 12+ is considered "geriatric") dog, but, when you sign up for care for a pet, taking care of his health is kind of expected. I realize that in a financial sense, it's akin to taking a disposable lighter in for repair, but, whether he has a few weeks or a few years left, we certainly don't want him to suffer needlessly.}

 Anyway, the diagnosis was probably as good as we could have hoped for...they gave us Amoxicillin for a UTI (he had one 2.5 years ago too) and samples of a medication to lessen the discomfort they think is causing his panting.

 {He wakes up in the night 2-3 times panting loudly. Kim is paying me back for getting up with Andrew, because she insists she never hears him. Lately, I've been getting up at about 3 and 5 with him.}
They say he has terrible teeth, and they would assume his bad knees and joints are arthritic and bothering him more than they have in the past. He has bumps all over, has had for ages, and one of them might be causing him some annoyance as well.

 On the bright side, his heart sounded very strong (except for his very advanced heart murmur, which I guess is like telling me I look really fat, but no worse than I did last week), and his lungs sound fine, because usually when the heart goes, the lungs soon follow. Except for the infection, they insist his test results are perfect.

8/09/2016 12:41:00 PM

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