Thursday, March 31, 2011
A visit with the vet
This afternoon I took off work early to take Jordan to the vet. It had been a year and a 1/2 since her last exam and I also had some questions for the vet regarding some new behaviors and developments. She was very good during the exam - not restless like Pouncer always was.
We've had Jordan for 14 years. When we got her from the beagle/basset hound rescue league we were told she was 2 years old, but when we took her to the vet the 1st time the vet suggested she was likely older than 2. The vet explained that rescue leagues tend to under estimate dogs' ages because they think everyone wants a young dog. So at a MINIMUM Jordan is 16 years old, but is probably more like 17 or 18. That's 119 or 126 to you and me!
Overall the vet was impressed with Jordan's general health and condition considering her advanced age. However we left the office with 2 different kinds of antibiotics; 1 for a suspected infection around 1 of her back teeth, and another for a suspected infection at the base of her tail which the vet characterized as 'canine acne'. Additionally we were given a solution to flush out her ears (typical for beagles and basset hounds) and drops for the small, fleshy tumors around her eyes. The vet also expressed her anal glands and trimmed her nails.
I know it sounds like a lot but all of the treatments are only for a week; then they're all complete and she'll go back to not having any medication or treatment at all. Not bad for such an old girl!
The vet saw no reason why Jordan wouldn't be with us for several years to come.