Yesterday, we took Bella and Shiloh to get their 12-week update and shots. I am proud to report that they did EXCELLENT! We carried them into the vet as to not expose them to any sick doggy germs. I have been diligent in keeping them away from sick dogs since they are not yet fully vaccinated.
It was neat to see their different personalities come out at the vet. It was thunderstorming, but neither of them cared. Neither cared much about the many dogs and cats in the room. Neither barked, neither growled. I suppose it made a difference that we were carrying them as opposed to having them walk in on a leash. Most of the other dogs in the room were pretty stressed. Bella and Shiloh were the calmest! Bella was a little more alert and aware of everything around her. She squirmed around in Wes' arms a few times wanting to get down and check everything out. Shiloh just slept in my lap. Bella panted a couple of times when the other dogs were loud and stressed, but overall she was pretty calm.
Both Bella and Shiloh stood on the scale and were weighed. Bella weighs 21.9 pounds. Shiloh weighs 22.1 pounds. They are growing up to be big girls!
When called back into the examination room, Bella and Shiloh were still completely relaxed. We had to wait a little while after being called back because they had a critical case come through that needed a lot of attention. We didn't mind at all. We were in no hurry. Actually, they were very busy last night.
Woodbridge Animal Hospital is a full veterinary hospital with an ER and several specialties. It is where Blondie stayed when she had her heat stroke. It is where Tanker was hospitalized when he had ten seizures in a row. They took great care of Sweet Pea when she had her hepatic lipidosis, although Sweet Pea didn't stay there. She had to be referred to a more advanced hospital in Springfield (South Paws) for ultrasound and NG tube placement.
Once the vet came in to examine the puppies, they were so relaxed and comfortable that they didn't want to get up. We had to pick them up and put them on their feet so the vet could examine them. Then they layed right back down. When it was time for the shots, Shiloh didn't even move. Once the one injection was given, she lifted her head up when it burned. That was all the reaction we got out of her. Bella was a little more dramatic and she cried loudly when she got her shots.
We have to go back in a couple weeks for more shots. The vet didn't want to give too much at once and overwhelm their systems. Plus, they need one more booster. Both puppies are being treated for hookworms. Their litter mates had them and I know for certain that Shiloh does. We have been picking up after them when they go outside, so the vet said that Topher and Tanker should be fine. Plus, she said that the heartworm prevention they're on also protects them from other worms. We may test Topher and Tanker in a few weeks just to make sure they don't get them, but the vet said we shouldn't have anything to worry about.
Everybody loved Shiloh and Bella. How can you not love them? They are so cute! Vet visit #1 was a success!