Today we took Pablo to a new vet. Since we moved, I’ve been asking around for a good practice, and finally decided on a nearby animal hospital that is a bit pricey but came with good recommendations. Besides a general check-up, Pablo needed a few minor matters attended to. His ears, always a problem, had become gookier and crustier than usual, despite frequent cleanings. And lately his eyes have been gunky as well. What was up? Turns out both conditions are most probably due to allergies. The vet explained that with this year’s wet winter/spring many pets, not just people, have had allergy flare-ups. The vet cleaned out his ears and put him on antibiotics.
Another problem was Pablo’s gastric disturbances. Lately he’s been waking up, jumping off the bed, and vomiting a foaming yellow bile. The vet said it’s likely he has too much acid in his stomach. The cure? Right before bed he should be fed a little something—she recommended rice cakes—so that his stomach isn’t empty all night. As I mentioned to K, trust Pablo to come away from a visit to the vet’s with a prescription to be fed more often!
All in all, I liked the new vet, although I miss our old practice back in Beacon, the one that pulled him through his cancer scare. Pablo was super hyper during the visit, the way he always is on vet visits. He has always enjoyed going to the vet’s, no matter what happens to him there. I know some pet owners have to drag their dogs inside, and I’m lucky I never had that problem. In another two weeks I have to take him back to make sure the ear infection has cleared up. Until then, he has to take antibiotics, eye ointment, an acid reducer, and Benadryl (to control the allergy symptoms). What fun!