Apartmend Life

 Posted by at 10:28 am  Exercise, Food, Health
Aug 052012

Poncho is on the mend, and appears to have taken to apartment life. His comprehensive examination on July 24th at Kings Row Pet Hospital concluded:

Please rest Poncho for the next week to help his leg heal. I suspect that he pulled a muscle in his inner thigh area.

Please give him the pain meds for at least 3-5 days. I am sending home a weeks’ worth in case he needs it longer.

Also, Poncho will need to have his teeth cleaned under anesthesia within the next 2-3 months. We have a dental month coming up in August where we offer 10% off dental procedures. He will have to stay all day but not overnight and we can schedule him anytime Monday through Friday.

Let me know if you have any questions. If you decide to start Poncho on heartworm preventative monthly we will need to do a quick blood test to make sure that he is negative for adult heartworms – this costs $42.

Let me know if you have any questions. Thanks – Dr. Sarah Wilson.

Dr. Wilson was great, and Poncho was a champ making it through the scary, glass doors into the building — much improved in the last year. He did struggle with stepping on the scale to be weighed, but otherwise behaved as a model patient.

Aside from the beginning of a receding gum line above a right molar, and the presenting problem of refusing to put pressure on his right hind-leg, Poncho received a clean bill of health. Happy, healthy, and no hypothyroidism symptoms after a thyroxine-free year.

Dr. Wilson also suggested that we might switch his protein from lamb to poultry or salmon, in an attempt to firm-up his stools, and we are in the process of doing so; titrating up on the Pet Chef Chicken and down on the Pet Chef Lamb in each bowl. So far, my sense is that his stools have, indeed, become firmer.

What a couple of weeks it has been! We finished our move into temporary housing, replete with ongoing landlord-tenant conflict, where Poncho spent the week enjoying wall-to-wall carpeting, and the pain-medicationtreats” to mend his muscle pain. He has been much more animated in the last week; clowning and vocalizing more than ever before, with little explanation other than the dramatic change in living quarters.

Having known Poncho only in a house with hardwood flooring where his places to lay-down were assigned by our placement of his beds, it is interesting to now observe his personal selection of places to lay-down throughout the home. He seems to have chosen five main areas: (1) between the television and the loveseat (to be alone but proximal to enjoy a bully stick); (2) between the couch and loveseat near the coffee table (to be near us); (3) blocking the kitchen entryway against the wall in the dining room; (4) at the foot of our bed; and, (5) on his, previously terrifying, bed in the bedroom. In the event of lounging with us outside, his other bed is outside on the back patio.

For his owners, the biggest change is the lack of an enclosed, large backyard for quick and easy, non-walk, potty turnouts, especially at 6am and 10pm. Ugh. Now, in order for him to potty, we can no longer simply open the backdoor but, instead, must take Poncho on at least four mini-walks each day. The walks have gotten a bit longer the last few days, as his leg has healed. Friday evening, we took him on his first true W-A-L-K in almost two weeks, which he seemed to enjoy immensely. Combined with the wall-to-wall carpeting, we suspect that the increased frequency of walks, despite their shorter duration, may have something to do with his sudden jubilant demeanor throughout the day.