Petey has one day left on his “puppy-strength” (diluted) amoxicillin he’s taking for his kennel cough. And I’m very happy to report that the treatment is working. He hardly ever coughs now (maybe once/twice a day, instead of a hacking session every 30 minutes), and when he does it’s much less intense.
But as we walked by his vet yesterday, and I saw there was no one inside and the nice assistant, Arnon, was just chillaxin’, I figured I would go in for a mini consultation.
Arnon said it’s OK to keep him on the antibiotics up to two weeks (vs. 10 days), and if he’s still coughing even a smidge (which he is), just keep him on them (which I’m going to). I also told him the SPCA said they can’t fax me a document proving he’s been vaccinated for rabies until they get some paperwork back from the Tel Aviv municipality pet office or some shiz. (My vet won’t process our application for a dog license until we present this document.) Arnon thinks that the city is going to process the whole thing and what we’ll get in a month isn’t just the paper, but the whole license. Oh, so that’s cool.
Arnon did say that Petey looks too thin, though (wish I could be so lucky). You can see his ribs. I explained how I’m feeding him 3x a day (about 120 grams total), plus leaving a KONG chew toy full of treats in his crate. And I explained that Petey had really bad diarrhea two days ago and wouldn’t eat anything until midday.
Arnon said that he needs to gain a little weight. Not to worry, he said, because Petey looks healthy and has plenty of energy (Lord knows), but for the next month, give him as much food as he wants. If he downs the whole bowl, put some more in there for him. Then, after a month, we can go back to maybe 150 grams/day. Sounds cool to me.
I was practically out of food for him at home, so I bought some from Arnon. A different kind – Purina Pro-Plan for small dogs. Petey’s diggin’ it so far.
Also, I told Arnon that I can’t afford to pay for too many office visits, and I wanted to know if it was OK to just pop in like this for mini consults if he doesn’t look busy. Of course! he answered. YAY/whew. He said that if Petey’s getting examined or treated, then that’s a visit. But just to check in and ask a question – it’s on the house. Awesome. So, after Petey finishes his antibiotics in a few days, we can stop by and have a conversation…for free! (I heart free stuff.)
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