How often do we go to the vet? It seems all rescues spend a good deal of their time and money at their vet, so you better have a good one. My favorite dog magazine, The Bark, a rescue supportive, informative publication all about dogs, is currently asking readers to comment on what they think is a good vet, and there has been a lot of talk lately about vets, as it should be. Your dog’s life could depend on their knowledge and quick thinking.
Jacks Galore has its share of vet visits. We have been graced not only here in MA with our marvelous Dr. Ray Reiners of South Street Vet, but also while in NY to have a fabulous vet in Dr. Tumolo at the Rhinebeck Animal Hospital. The lives of our dogs were always in the best hands. JGs current vet Dr. Reiners also has a special understanding and passion for rescue and forlorn jacks.
Casey featured above in his cone of shame got in a tangle with a critter a little larger than himself and suffered a bite wound that was cleaned and medicated, but that he would not leave well enough alone. His leg movements and constant licking kept it from healing quickly, so on went the cone for TWO weeks because the wound was in the lousy location of his armpit. Casey still found it quite easy to manoever the dog door, sleep under the covers and eat his dinner as rapidly as before. Then success came with patience, and once again Casey enjoys his freedom from plastic shields.
Our dear JRT Milo, a very young runt of the pack who has a liver shunt, has seen his share of the white coated doctor. He came to us from a kind family who could no longer afford his care, and even though every effort was made to rehome Milo, the task was futile. Even his young age did not help his prospects; with a terminal illness, daily medical and special diet needs, let alone the possibility of a very short life, just did not bring any takers. So Milo is a JG dog, a small loving, playful, kind and fun JRT who graces our pack with much joy and wisdom. I had to research the Internet on exactly what a liver shunt does to a dog and how they live with it, and after a visit to Tufts Vet Hospital with Milo for a clear diagnosis and prognosis we came back to South Street Vet to undergo a conservative treatment regime to help him stay healthy for as long as possible. Milo is amazing, it is not much trouble helping him live well, and this dog is a perfect image of a dog that stoically just swallows his meds and still finds the affection for a face lick after you administer the goop he has to endure: Lactulose to keep the flow of poisons exiting the body, Metronidazole to prevent the diarrhea this brings and then Denamarin to keep his liver functioning as normally as possible. Hopefully he will be part of the pack well into his teens, but we are also prepared for the day his liver function seizes. The sadness of losing a dog never gets any easier, no matter how many you grieve for. Always love your jacks, you never know when they will be taken from you.