How did I do it?
- I practice preventative care.
- I call and consult with a doctor before I give any kind of medication (especially OTC) or treat anything but the most casual wound.
- I come in regularly, meaning I don't wait until 2:00 a.m. on Sunday to let them know there was a problem that started more than a week ago.
- I also read medical ... stuff, but I don't TELL the doctor that I READ IT ON THE INTERNET. [There's a LOT of crap on the internet ... but not this blog, of course.] Later, I ask what she thinks about such and such since I saw it on the internet, or in a magazine. And then I LISTEN to what she thinks about such and such.
- I pay my bill ... I can't tell you how many times my vet has commented about people, who she doesn't know, will call her in the middle of the night to treat a two-week old condition, and then want to stiff her on the bill.
So ... back to the original point of this post. Dr. Blanton gave Speedy G his vaccinations against West Nile Virus, Tetanus, EWE, Rhino, and Flu. She cleaned his sheath and ran a Fecal EPG count (negative, but I forgot to tell her that I gave him a de-wormer 6 weeks ago - of course it was negative!). But my favorite part of our spring check-up is the dental work. Dr. B said that now that I have a "dressage" pony (I could just kiss her!), who has to really "carry" the bit, we need to be very mindful of his dental comfort. Here is his dental video - check it out!