Pea has just turned 8 weeks so it’s time for him to visit our new vets (as I refuse to take him to the old vet due to their misdiagnosis of my boy Biscuit).
We got up at 8 this morning (his appointment was for 9.30) so wanted to make sure everyone was fed, watered and had been out to the toilet before we started out. Pea didn’t eat all his puppy food this morning (perhaps he realised something was going on) so Barry ended up eating what was left.
The next thing to do was to sort out his harness for the car. Biscuit used to love the car and used to sit on the back seat looking out the window so he never needed a harness. Pea is a little nervous in the car (well it’s only his 2nd trip out) so we thought it was best to buy a seat belt for dogs so he could safely sit in the sit without climbing all over hudad while he was driving. The Ancol Dog Car Harness in small is ideal for Pea. It’s really easy to put on his and looks pretty comfortable if you get the top strap correctly aligned. We had a few issues with this but overall it’s pretty good for keeping him and hudad safe.
The new vets were recommended to us by a variety of different people via Streetlife (it’s a forum about the area you live in) and our local one once hudad explained what had gone on with our previous vet had asked for recommendations. Out of 23 replies, 19 said that this new vet were particularly caring but what swung the decision was the fact that they have an ultrasound unit there with several people in the building qualified to use it (unlike the other vets who had the system but no one qualified to use it on the premises).
When we got there, the reception went all doe eyed over Pea – he is especially cute but I’m obviously biased being his fur mum. Then within 2 minutes we were in being seen by Simon a lovely Australian vet. He gave Pea the once over, weighed him, checked his ears, took his temperature, then gave him a cuddle before giving him his injections. Pea wasn’t bothered with the injections at all, taking it in his stride like a big boy and even licked at his worming paste like a champ (Simon thought he might have spat it out) but he was incredibly well behaved. I’m so proud.
Pea is 4.1kg which apparently is a little underweight for his age and because he has an upset tummy, Simon told us to start staggering his food throughout the day rather than just morning and evening as the breeder told us. If it continues we’re to leave him off food for 24 hour so his digestive system resets itself. I might add a little yogurt into his breakfast too as I’ve heard it helps (that or a gentle probiotic for dogs).
His next lot of injections are in 2 weeks, then we have to wait a week before we can start taking him out with his brothers and sisters for a walk, starting the pack bonding with them all. I can’t wait for that as a couple of them seem to have an issue with him. However today we will be feeding Daddy Bo only when Pea is in the room so he starts associating Pea with feeding and feeling good which should help him feel more at home to stop the running away he’s started to do.
We shall see. Have any of you had an issue with introducing older dogs to puppies??