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Juno update from one proud mamma!
« on: June 19, 2017, 01:15:50 AM »
Juno had her annual checkup yesterday and on the way home I thought to myself how long it has been since I have been here and shared any fun stories. So here I am! After spending the last 24 hours or so reading through all the news and oggling the puppy pictures, I now feel I am up to date and can share this. And I am sooooo happy to do so.

For those that remember, Juno has some handling problems. All stemmed from when she had a bladder infection when she was a year old and the vet (Dr West) put the thermometer in her ear a bit rough and made her squeal. Then had to finish the check up with her muzzled as she bit him and he was afraid of her. That led to both of us getting very stressed any time she needed any sort of attention, like grooming, vet trips, generally getting her to do anything she didn't want to do that meant grabbing her by the collar, getting something dangerous off her, etc. It spiralled out of control for a long time. Lovely, wonderful dog, if she is left to do what she wants to do.

Then we started seeing a different vet. Same office. Dr Harris. She was actually the vet that had to put my cat to sleep 8 years ago. She was lovely then but we were already attached to Dr West because of our last dog and losing him to cancer, we built a relationship with Dr West. I was never overly fond of his bedside manner but he was always very knowledgeable and seemed to want to give all the options in any scenario. (when I say bedside manner, he actually told me to shut up on the day he diagnosed Sanderson with Cancer. I realize now he was nervous about giving the diagnosis, but still.) Anyway, Dr Harris was more than happy to work with us, and Juno, on the handling issues. So we muzzled only when necessary. Like ear checks and nail trims. Otherwise, we worked on her confidence and gave lots of treats as distraction for needles and the like. I would even pop in about once a month just to say hi, with Juno, and Dr Harris would always come out and give a biscuit and a cuddle. No nasty stuff, just a hello.

But then Juno had the eye problems last year. We couldn't get in to see Dr Harris, so had to see yet another vet. Who told us off for letting her eyes get so bad before bringing her in and then scared us senseless about the medication we had to give her. Steroid drops in her eyes. I won't go in to details again on that one, but it was very frightening. After the 2 weeks of meds, we went back, saw this new vet again who gave the all clear. Spent 3 minutes with Juno and charged us $95! Whatever, we paid it. 3 days later, her eyes flared up again and the only vet we could see was Dr West. He wouldn't even come in the room until she was muzzled. Sigh. We had to go weekly for a while and one time she had to have green dye put in her eyes while the vet was 2 inches away from her muzzled face. It was not fun! But then winter came and the eyes cleared, and we determined that it is likely seasonal allergies. So far this spring, her eyes are good. A bit watery, but no infections and no nasty bumps on her lids like last year.

Fast forward to yesterday. The dreaded annual. BUT, I made sure to book with Dr Harris. And when she walked in the room, Juno just was so excited to see her. Dr Harris spent 15 minutes giving tummy rubs and kisses and cuddles and just chatting to her before even starting the exam! She did not bring a muzzle in the room as she wanted to see what she could do without Juno even seeing a muzzle. Well, I am so proud of Juno! She had her ears checked and temp taken. Even her teeth checked! No snarling. No growling. She just kept trying to kiss Dr Harris. She had her nails trimmed. She jumped every time she hear the click of the trimmers but then just wagged her tail and kissed again. LOL. Took her needles like a champ. With some food distraction from me, just in case. I couldnt believe this was my dog. I was almost crying!

We talked about the recheck charge from her eyes and Dr Harris took that off my bill. We also found out that Dr West had not been giving her a Lyme vaccine for the last 3 years. So got that free. And I guess Dr West doesn't work there any more. Plus we talked about seasonal allergies. Dr Harris is going to do some research on antihistamine drops that don't sting and don't have nasty side effects. I am so happy we booked with her again and so happy that Juno is happy!

Sorry that was so long, just so proud of my Juno!
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Re: Juno update from one proud mamma!
« Reply #1 on: June 19, 2017, 06:23:47 AM »
Oh how lovely for Juno now to have a positive relationship with the vet :wav:
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« Reply #2 on: June 19, 2017, 07:19:21 AM »
Lovely to hear from you again  ;D

That's wonderful news about Juno, no wonder you are pleased and proud. It must be a huge relief for you and Juno must feel more at ease and happy now  :love4:


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« Reply #3 on: June 19, 2017, 08:41:51 AM »
Really positive and good to hear!



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« Reply #4 on: June 19, 2017, 10:45:33 AM »
Hooray for Juno and hooray for Dr Harris!   :wav:
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« Reply #5 on: June 19, 2017, 12:24:31 PM »
Well done Juno, my Roxy is very frightened at the vets, I don't think it would take much to make her a bit fear reactive, fortunately they are all very gentle with her!  I think that was great to be able to work on her going for a little visit and a treat  :love4:


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« Reply #6 on: June 19, 2017, 12:35:27 PM »
Sam hated the Vets, tho nothing bad was done to him, only overnight stay was when he passed away, just a very independent dog. Harry on the other hand sees it as an opportunity to increase his profile, likes tobe centre of attention. I recently changed vets, to a new practice, the lady vet, similar to one described, very hands on friendly, sadly this just encourages Harry to 'act the maggot' more than usual,swinging and twirling round, thankfully she has noticed this and is a little less energetic in her approach now, which for me is a godsend not having to restrain a young 25 kg dog, from going in several directions at the one time. When her husband, the other vet is on, Harry behaves impeccably, likes to show off to the ladies...


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« Reply #7 on: June 19, 2017, 05:13:42 PM »
That's great!  I know we sometimes find it hard to challenge authoritative and knowledgeable figures, especially (dare I say it) when it is between different genders.  I'm so glad you've found someone you like, and more importantly that Juno likes. X


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« Reply #8 on: June 19, 2017, 08:16:16 PM »
Awwww what a positive visit :) glad to hear she was happier today :)

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