A Day in the Life of a Zookeeper

A Day in the Life of a Zookeeper
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Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Winston's Trip to the Vet

Winston had to see the vet today for a followup and some booster shots.  I had grand plans today that I would take him using his harness.  I got him into his harness with little fuss while he was eating. Then I got the leash hooked up and we practiced - he pretty much follows me so its all good.  Then we got to the front door and little Mr. put on the brakes - he was not going outside to a place he had never been.  So into the carrier he went.

He does great in the car.  He actually wasn't all that bad at the vet - loud but for the most part good. He weighed about 11 pounds today.  Wow - he is growing so fast!  Unfortunately they were still able to hear his heart murmur today as well which means we need to dig deeper to see what is going on in there.  In the coming weeks he will be scheduled for an echo-cardiogram and chest x-rays so we can find out what the scoop is with his little heart.  We will need to know this information so we can safely put him under anesthesia for his neuter that is scheduled on the 28th of October.  I think there are 3 possible outcomes - the first - that its just a noise and there is nothing evident found in his testing.  Second - that it is something we treat with medication or third - something that has to be corrected surgically.  Option 2 or option 3 don't sound all that great to me so I am hoping its just a noise....

I will wait to hear from the vet as to when his appointment will be - we will drop him in the morning and pick him up when he is all done - not sure when that will be.  Worrying about my little guy - he has no signs of anything being wrong so fingers crossed that its just something they hear and not something that will effect him.  Love that little pig....

As for his injections - they went in and the vet was kind enough to give him a dose of meloxicam which is like Aleve I think - it should keep him from being so sore and so far it seems to be working. He is much more active this time than he was last time.  He is napping now so we shall see how he feels when he wakes up.

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