Having a good vet for your favorite best friend is so important, not only to the dog, but your peace of mind. Having someone you can trust and talk with helps solve so many problems. There is a wealth of information on the internet about dog problems and diseases, but the best advice will come from your own vet. Generally, most dogs visit the vet at least once a year for their annual shots. Rabies shots are given either every two or three years depending on the state you live in. It is usually recommended to keep your dog on Heartworm medicine year around too. Usually people say – I have never heard of a dog having heartworms. But it is very prevalent in many states including ones where there is a cold winter. Heartworms come from mosquito bites. So anywhere mosquitoes live and thrive during warm weather, there is a threat of heartworms to dogs. The Springer Rescue Group I belong to has pulled so many dogs that required treatment for heartworms. It is very hard on a dogs system to be treated for heartworms and can be fatal. So PLEASE consider keeping your favorite friend on heartworm medicine year around and have them checked with a heartworm test each spring.
Just a trip to the vet, shouldn’t cause the dog to sweat.
Open the door, hop in the car, down the road, not too far.
Tail wagging, happy and panting, no howling, barking or ranting.
Get a little closer, pull in the lot, dog remembers, thought he forgot
.Getting nervous, tongue hanging out, now he knows, starting to pout.
Drag him in, through the door, try to get him to sit on the floor.
Jumps in my lap, sits and shakes, drools and slobbers while he waits.
The vet is nice, talks and soothes, gives the shot, has real good moves.
We’re happy now, heading out the door, forget the vet, don’t want any more.
The annual trip fades from mind, gets the ball, his favorite find.
Poetry & Art by Patricia Walter 2000 ©