Jack at the Vet – Mischief or Not?
We’ve been doing a few vet visits with Jack lately to get to the bottom of his stomach problems. We switched him to a salmon diet a few months ago and that has helped (chicken allergy), but he still has upset stomachs way too often. So far he’s had xrays that showed nothing remarkable and last week he had an ultrasound. That showed a ‘thickening’ in part of his stomach lining which immediately set off the alarms, but the vet thinks that it’s inflammation rather than a tumor based on the appearance of the thickening. Our next step is an endoscopy so they can take some biopsies of the lining and make a definitive diagnosis. He also has a Vitamin B12 deficiency, which is likely related to his stomach problems.
It’s been worrisome, but he’s too healthy and robust for it to be serious, so I do think it is just inflammation – similar to an ulcer. Given his history, an ulcer doesn’t surprise me. Right now he’s just taking over-the-counter antacid and some probiotics our homeopathic vet gave us. We’re reluctant to do the endoscopy just because it’s invasive, requires sedation and he is ten years old, but we need to know for certain and get him fixed up.
So Jack has been spending some time at the vet’s lately – and a couple of different vets because we took him to a specialist. I’m proud to say that he has been a very good patient – as a matter of fact, in the report from the specialist she said “He was a very good patient. Physical exam today showed Jack to be bright and alert with normal vital signs“. Since Jack has been known to have some reactivity issues in the past, this was the best news and I’m happy to report no mischief!
It got me thinking about how dogs behave at the vets and the vastly different reactions our dogs have displayed over the years.
Sally never met a human or dog she didn’t like. She would wiggle-waggle her way into the office, climb up next to me on the bench and wait for her appointment. Never missed a beat and was always happy to go. (One early exception was our first vet who she developed a fear of but once we switched vets – she was fine).
Tino was quite different, he would reluctantly allow me to bring him in and then he would freeze and not move an inch other than to shake uncontrollably. For a dog who was normally fearless, he was a real baby at the vets.
Becca always acted very resigned…she would come in and work her way behind my legs and lie down under the bench. Her training as a service dog was obvious.
Jack, barges in like he owns the place, sniffs every inch of it and then sits facing me, panting as if to say, “okay, I’m done, when are we going”? (See photo)
Maggie, luckily we’ve only had a couple of vet visits with her, so it’s too early to really define her behavior. Oddly, she doesn’t seem to be fearful and willingly goes back with the Tech for whatever is in store for her in the back room.
How about you – how does your dog react at the vet’s office?