Yesterday was his yearly checkup and thankfully, it went great.
First, his weight. Last March, he was over 50 pounds and the vet suggested he lose a little bit to take the stress off his arthritic joints. I tried, but failed miserably when I started letting him eat all of Josie’s leftovers when she stopped eating consistently. When he returned in October, he had gained weight. I was failing at the one thing they asked me to do to help him.
“Wow, he’s lost weight. You’ve done a great job,” Dr K said as she entered the exam room.
“What? Really? How much does he weigh?” I asked, completely stunned. He looks the same so I had no idea he had lost weight. His long coat makes it really hard to tell.
“He’s down to 44 pounds, and it is a really nice weight for him. I don’t know what you did, but keep doing it.”
I was completely stunned. To be on the safe side, we went and weighed Bear on another scale in the office – 44 pounds. Bear had officially lost almost ten pounds since his last visit.
She went on to speculate that maybe it was River – new dog to play with has Bear up and moving around more. It isn’t. Well, maybe partly. But there is one big difference. Bear is on new food. I feed him some awesome food that he loves, eats consistently and is full of good stuff and no fillers. It makes a huge difference. Dr K agreed – it works so I need to keep feeding it to him.
“And his coat is amazing,” she went on to say.
“He gets fish oil – that helps his coat a lot.”
She then checked out the rest of him – including the one thing that had me worried. Bear has had a tiny lump, about the size of a pea, by his ear for a little while. It had her concerned – because it was in an odd spot. She aspirated it and thankfully, it was just a cyst. She drained it, but warned it will come back.
He had a great checkup with one exception, he tested positive for a tickborne disease, but hopefully antibiotics will take care of it since he isn’t sick from it yet.