I don’t know about you, but our dogs are pretty spoiled. I love all four of them deeply and for different reasons. Each one of them is special to me in their own way. Bunny is the sweetheart with a deep connection to me, Flattery is the court jester who keeps us entertained, Morgan is tough on the outside because she loves us so deeply on the inside and Küster is our dedicated working dog who loves everyone he ever meets.
I’m not going to lie, our dogs eat better than we do. I mean, I’ve spent the last two weeks making new recipes for healthy frozen treats for them while it’s been so hot and I’ve been on break. They are better dressed than we are, too. They have their own dresser full of fancy collars and accessories, not to mention the coats they have out in our closet to help keep them warm and dry in inclement weather. Obviously, there are plenty of toys around here, too. They get a lot of our time and attention, too.
I don’t think our dogs are wanting for too many things in life, truth be told. It doesn’t matter to them if we’re driving cars that are ten years old or just came off the lot yesterday. They could care less about what we wear or where we work, as long as we always come home to them and spend time with them. I’m not saying this to sound conceited, I’m just saying what I think is true. They all seem pretty happy with their lives here, and we are thrilled to have them with us.
A year ago, our lives were turned upside down by a devastating loss. A year ago, on June 24, we went to the vet’s office worried about a limp that had developed and ended up going home one dog less with huge holes in our hearts. We found out in one fell swoop that not only did Blueberry have osteosarcoma, but that she also already had stress fractures throughout her femur. There was really only one thing that we could do for her, and that was to let her go before she woke up and felt more pain.
I don’t question our decision. I have heard far too many stories about dogs with osteo shattering their legs and meeting a painful and traumatic ending. If we had taken her home that day, it would have been for us and not for her. Our vet agreed with us and he told us he would have done the same thing if she were his.
Our vet knew Blueberry, and he knew her quite well. She was his patient for eleven years. He treated her through neurofibrosarcoma, a broken toe, a tooth abscess and several dental cleanings. He also saw her when she was healthy when we went in for shots and annual check ups. He knew what she looked like and acted like when she was healthy because we took her in to see him for those important annual exams. When it was time to let her go, he cried with us in the exam room.
One of the best gifts that you can give your pet is taking them in for those important annual check ups. Your vet needs to know how your pet acts when he or she is healthy and happy to have a clue when something is wrong. There are so many things that your vet can find early when you go in for those important yearly exams, and it’s important for you to touch base with your vet, too. Sometimes we don’t see changes in our pets day to day behavior until someone trained to do so asks us those important questions. So, today in Blueberry’s honor, we’re asking you to remember to go in and see your vet on a yearly basis. Annual check ups are as important to our pets as food and love. I read recently that vet visits are down significantly and today I wanted to remind our readers how valuable and important those visits are. If you want some great resources and information on preventative health care, stop and look at Partners for Healthy Pets. It’s so important to remember that an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.