Cheoah is subjected to the same vet screening as any newbie to The Herd.
As we learned with Kodiak, even a dog whose heartworm tests were initially negative, the tests can reveal a positive infection after a few months. The reality is that some issues, such as heartworm infestation, will not show up in the first months, so Kodiak’s diagnosis occurred after he had been at Chez Herd for a few months despite the preventative treatments. Fortunately, he responded well to the treatments and is now Heartworm Negative – Yea!
In Cheoah’s case, her vet visit last Friday revealed great news (gained 2.8 pounds from 38 to 40.8 pounds – all of muscle) and not so great news – an eye infection. Fortunately, the infection appears to be controllable and she is getting eye-drops three times a day.
Did I mention that we are guessing that Cheoah is 12-13 months old?
Ever tried to give an adolescent dog eye drops? I can barely make myself drop liquid into my eye when needed, much less explain the purpose to a squirming teen-puppy who is determined that those drops are not getting anywhere near her.
And three times a day. Do anything – absolutely anything – three times a day with a dog and they will be trained. So she sees the eye drop bottle and takes off. Great training.
We are trying treats, belly rubs, catching her napping, and even her favorite chew toy – Kodiak (another humorous issue – why did my smallest girl decide that her favorite boy was the absolutely biggest boy in The Herd? Opposites attract.).
So think kind thoughts for Cheoah as she fights off this infection. And kind thoughts for management as we patiently put in eye drops three times a day.