Last weekend we took Duke to get a checkup at our local Banfield Pet Hospital. He had only been to the animal clinic since we adopted him and over the last ten weeks or so, I’ve developed a lot of silly little questions I wanted to ask but couldn’t at the animal clinic. (I didn’t want to hold up the line!)
Our experience at Banfield was amazing! I wasn’t sure what to expect since it was located inside our local PetSmart. We had a coupon for a free visit since we were new clients so I decided we’d try it out. (Get your own coupon here! $45 savings!)
The staff at Banfield was the best part. Our vet tech took the time to answer a bunch of my silly questions and was great with Duke. They bonded pretty quick & she allowed Duke to wander around the exam room and sniff everything before she used it on him. He didn’t even flinch when she took his temperature! I wanted to give a shout-out to Michelle at PetSmart Cambridge for being so awesome. Next week is National Vet Tech Week – a week to appreciate your vet techs and learn more about the important role they play, so thank you to our wonderful vet tech!
We brought the records the adoption agency had given us and had the vet look over them to make sure he was all up to date. He has all of his core shots, but she recommended another optional two that we passed on for the time being. The one thing she strongly recommended was to start Duke on heart-worm prevention, which we did. First they did a test to make sure he was heart-worm negative, which he was, and now we have a pill to give him once a month to keep him like that. It was difficult to tell what was really necessary and what was just suggested – it felt a lot like taking a car to the mechanic, you never quite know what is really necessary! The next thing we’re looking into is some sort of flea/tick prevention product. With winter fast approaching and Duke only spending moderate amounts of time outside, usually not with other dogs, we’re unsure what steps we should take. We don’t even know what brands are out there other than what is advertised on television!
Other things the vet mentioned:
- Duke is at a healthy weight at 28 pounds.
- She agreed he is between 1 and 2 years old, so I’ve decided his birthday is going to be July 29, 2011. July 29 was the day we brought him home. 🙂
- His teeth look healthy.
- He probably won’t need any paw protection from the snow, but if spends a lot of time outside, booties are the way to go.
- Some of his strange bumps are harmless cysts, but to keep an eye on them. We think others are acne-like.
- She said the grain-free diet wouldn’t help the gas, in fact, it might be making things worse. So we switched him over a grain included formula of the same brand.
- He’ll need another round of all his shots next year, per Massachusetts law. Then they’ll be good for three years.
This trip about doubled the amount of vet records we had for Duke, it was so good to get tons of information and ask all these little questions. I’m so glad he got a clean bill of health.
Again, I can’t say enough good things about the vet & vet tech that saw Duke. They were great with him & us! The only downside was the sales pitch for their health insurance plans (they made us watch a 4 minute video!) but as soon as they realized we really weren’t interested they dropped it.
What do you do for flea & tick prevention?
Where do you get your dog’s medication? From your vet, online, or elsewhere?
We’re first time dog owners, so your advice is SO helpful!!
Today we’re joining the This ‘N That Thursday Blog Hop hosted by 2 Brown Dawgs Blog and Ruckus the Eskie
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