Thursday, August 12, 2010

No, really, I love going to the vet

As you guys know, I love my dog. He is my first child, he's a little cuddle monster and I call him embarrassing things like boogie-woogie, pop-rocks, Rocco-Paco-Taco and pumpkin-head. It's nonsensical, shameful and adoring all at once.

You also know that he is going through his jerky teenage years, which makes me want to rip my hair out.

What you don't know is that he's been to the vet way too many times in the last six months.

Vet Visit 1: Rocco gets checked out and up-to-date on his shots. Harmless, necessary and pricey.

Vet Visit 2: Rocco has been shitting and puking pink stuff, which turns out to be blood. UM WHAT!?

Vet Visit 3: Rocco starts wheezing/coughing, like it's hard for him to breathe -- and it's not kennel cough...

Vet Visit 4: Rocco gets his next round of shots and tears apart my legs while I try to hold him down for the bordetella. Fun.

At this rate, we should be seeing the vet again by Halloween for something equally random and distressing. I think this last visit was enough to traumatize him though, so maybe he'll stop, you know, getting sick all the time. Fingers crossed.

Also, right about now, I'm wishing he was 50 pounds lighter and 1,000 times weaker so I could actually control him during vaccinations. It took Dave, me, a vet tech and the vet cornering the poor dog and holding him with all our might just to do the bordetella -- which is an up-the-nose injection. (Yeah, I'd freak too.) After several attempts and various struggles, we gave up and just gave him the skin shot version. And after that? Rocco plopped on the floor and sprawled out, all smiles. Me? I went and nursed my wounds.

Oh, Rocco-Paco-Taco.

I guess this is my payback for the humiliating nicknames.


Nilsa @ SoMi Speaks said...

SoMi HATED the bordetella up-the-nose nightmare. The first time she got it, she snapped at the vet. And he had the audacity to say we need to better train her. I'm all like WTF, buddy, you're sticking things up her nose!!! You'd think the veterinary medicine community would be smart enough to come up with a better way to inoculate our children. =)

Jessica (Bayjb) said...

Wow I would fight and struggle too for the bordetella. That does NOT sound like fun. No way. I can't believe Rocco is that strong! Yeah I would hope he would be lighter too :)

Chrows25 aka Leather Woman said...

Hi. I had never neard of bordetella shots, sounds far to close to bordello, but up the nose forget it!
We had our grand dog a small manaiacal Jack Russel live us for a week and he just about drove our 13 year old Husky cross deep into dementia, we two humans , four dogs and six cats are all calming out, but we learn tonight he the Energizer Puppy comes back this weekend for a brief visit. Sweet puppy ate eight holes in our quilt, trying to guilt my daughter about that!

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