This summer, Smudge and Squeak went on a series of field trips to the vet for their puppy shots. It's a big job to choose the right vet for your furry friends, but after getting several recommendations for one doctor and then seeing how he got along with Smudge and Squeak, I knew we had found the right guy for the job!
The girls seemed pretty content to head towards the big city for an afternoon.
But, as puppies will do, they dug their heels in and didn't want to head inside for their second checkup. It took a little pleading…
…and a little bribing.
…but eventually we got them inside
And once we got them inside, we started to learn a lot about them and their health.
Because they're outside puppies, we have to worry about things like biting fleas and gnats (their ears have already been attacked) and heart worms. Heart worms are spread by mosquitoes, and an Arkansas summer produces more than its fair share of mosquitoes.
Being surrounded by other animals means they come in contact with a lot of germs, so we gave them their last vaccination for parasites.
We also want to make sure we prevent distemper virus from growing, so we took a little medicine back to the farm with us. I don't know how the ladies will like that…
Even so, I was proud to see that they're growing fast and look healthy on all fronts- Smudge weighed in at 38 pounds, and Squeak took the lead at 41 pounds.
When we come back in 4 weeks for rabies I bet they'll weigh 70!
Whatever they weigh, I hope they remain good little patients and stay healthy and happy!