I took this photo of Widget as we were leaving Vermont Veterinary Internal Medicine on Monday afternoon. That's the "nest" that Alayne fixes up for her in the front seat of the truck. As if the seat isn't big enough already, Alayne puts a box on the floor, adds a few beds to raise it to seat level, covers the now lengthy expanse with a big dog bed, and then tops it with a fleece blanket ... for one very big bed. It's how Widget expects to travel. In spacious, comfortable style.
Our internal medicine specialist, Dr. Bryan Harnett, was waiting on Widget's other lab test results to come in before deciding on what to do for heart medications. During his echocardiogram of Widget's heart on Monday, he noticed enough changes in the valves that he thought it was probably time to start her on some meds. Dr. Harnett wasn't alarmed by what he saw, because the changes were the type you might expect in an older dog, but he thought it was time to put Widget on medication to help her overall heart function. We think she's about 10 or 11 years old.
The results came in on Tuesday, and both her blood work and urinanalysis were terrific -- presenting no obstacles to the heart medication he wanted to begin prescribing, which is Enalapril. (That's a drug we have seen a lot of over the years!)
Blind Avery, by the way, is doing great, too. He's now completed his heartworm treatment. In a couple of more months, he'll get a different kind of "treatment" -- neutering! The delay is to allow all the dead heartworms to exit his body before putting him through anesthesia again.
Just before writing this post, I was downstairs having lunch ... where Widget was, as usual, relentless in pestering me for some of my meal. She was, as usual, successful. Widget says, "There's no need to teach an old dog new tricks when the old tricks work so well!"
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