Glacier and Roscoe have been fairly lucky in the last little bit in that their vet visits have definitely decreased since we got all of the DEFRA vet paperwork situated for our trip. That is all about to change. The guide dog Association has agreed to take us on as clients, which gives us legal protection against access discrimination and a few other perks, and so today the boys' presence is requested at the vet's to ensure they are both healthy. It's probably about time they were introduced to their new vet anyway. Guide dog schools and pet dog experts alike, suggest that you should take your dog into a vet when it is healthy. That way, if something should happen, the vet knows what your dog looks like healthy and has a reference point.
Both boys are blowing their coats, but other than that I can't see anything that the vet may notice about them. Their claws do need trimming though and I am hoping the good doctor will be able to do that for us. I have been using human toenail clippers to take the tips off their claws, but the claws are way too thick for me to get all that needs to be taken off. Dog claw trimming tools make me nervous, especially since Glacier is horrible about having his claws trimmed. So, it's the vet or a groomer's job to cut those down. Otherwise, Glacier and I may end up not speaking to each other for a few days.
Yesterday was grooming day here and so both boys have clean teeth, ears and brushed coats. They are ready to wow their new doctor with their good looks and charms...well, Roscoe may be ready to charm, but Glacier is just a big oaf. As long as the vet clears the boys, we will be able to sign on with the guide dog association, hopefully sooner rather than later. It's also a timely visit as both dogs are due for flea/tick/dewormer treatments.
Despite there generally being negative feelings surrounding the vet-for some animals any way-I think this visit will be relatively easy. Ear/eye/lung/heart check and they are good to go. I don't think the vet even has to get a fecal. I'm sure Glacier and Roscoe would be relieved to know that. Then again, the claws do need trimming so it may be a bit more stressful than I originally thought. :)