Tuesday, April 29, 2008

Not-so-dreaded Vet Visit

I know this is difficult to believe, but I was actually happy when Mom told me she was taking me to the vet this morning. I was that uncomfortable. My itchies were driving me bonkers.

So off we went on the 15 mile drive to Boulevard Animal Hospital in the Far NorthEast of Philadelphia. I was quite calm when I walked in, greeted the two German Shephards, beautiful Akita, Puggle and trio of kitties. I patiently waited my turn and then I saw Dr. Brett. He announced the obvious, that my skin was very inflamed and infected, and Mom and Dr. Brett decided I needed a cortisone shot and anti-biotics. I agreed!

The only part of the visit I did not enjoy was the thermometer up my behind! Oh, and when blood was drawn for a worm test. But at least I left the practice knowing that in a few hours, I would feel much better. And it is now almost 12 hours later, and indeed, I am itching less. I happily went on my evening walk and even played with my friends. For the past few days I wasn't up to that.

Thank you for all the well wishes left in the comments. Mom did look into homeopathic solutions but the homeopathic vet told Mom itchies was one of the most difficult afflictions to treat and it would be a very slow process. Seeing how miserable I was, Mom knew we could not afford to be patient. Maybe in the fall, when typically my itchies desist, we will explore that again.

Oh and Jackson, Gus and Mackie - you had better sign me up for the Big Wires Club -- Mom nearly passed out when she saw that I now weigh....32lbs (14.5kg)! Dr Brett, bless him, didn't seem very concerned. He said I should maybe lose about 2lbs as I am a big guy by design. He did remind mom though that the cortisone would make me ravenous...not the best time to put me on a diet Mom!


PS Mom has meant to tell you all the good news that her eye is almost back to normal - the retinal bleed has cleared up pretty well. We are all very relieved indeed!


Asta said...

Fiwst..I am so happy about youw Mom's eye!!!!
That' gweat!!
Second..I hope the cowt-ee-zone helps you ..those itchies can dwive you mad..
I think big boys awe vewy handsome by the way
smoochie kisses

Gus said...

Axel..glad to hear that you are feeling better, and that your Mom's eye is getting back to normal! We hope the cortisone continue to help you, and the itchies don't ruin your summer


Jake of Florida said...

Good news all around -- your Mom's eye and your itchies!!!'

Mom knows that Boulevard ride -- she's been up that way many times.

Hope the itchies stay away!!!

Jake and Just Harry

Faya said...

Oh I hope you will be better soon... I am sure cortisone will help you... And I am happy for your Mom too...
Kisses, Faya

Jackson said...

Hey Axel, hope the cortisone helps you pal. Glad to hear your mum's eye is getting better too.

Your application for membership to the Substantial Wires' Club has been accepted! Please feel free to use the logo on your blog, if you want to. Do you want me to email it to you, or are you happy to just copy it? Can you email me a lovely photo of you please that I can post? Also, could you let me know your height? From floor to top of your head would be good. Thanks pal! J x

William Tell said...

Good news about your Mom's eye healing! We're smiling about that.

Although I take antigen shots monthly, sometimes I need that cortisone shot to help me through the rough parts of summer. Not much, though, and that's a blessing. The itchies make not only me, but everyone miserable. Hope you're feeling much better now.

Happy Tails,
William Tell

MMM said...

Ax, sweetie - you were already bonkers! I mean, a wire-haired terrier who blogs? But feel better, and take care of your Mom and Dad.

Penny & Poppy said...

Axel, we're very happy that you are feeling better and also happy about your mom's eye. Neither one sounds like any fun!

Poppy & Penny