Hey It’s Jet Here.
Yesterday, we left you with a question, boy did we pique (VBP – vocab builder project) your curiosity.
Every time I celebrate my Gotcha Day, I have to visit Dr. Schaffer. Don’t get me wrong, I enjoy the attention Miss Judy gives me in the waiting area, along with the vet techs. Sometimes, other families inquire about my heritage and want to give me lovies, too. The downside, I know those pokes and prods are going to happen. You know what I’m talking about, right? Atypically (VBP – vocab builder project), JJ joined Mom and I this go round because Little Miss Itchy Ears needed yet another double ear check.
After our initial greeting, form signing and such, Dr. Schaffer came out to say hello. Of course, Little Miss Professional Paw Shaker gave her usual enthusiastic shake infinitum! I offered my manly man to manly man hello. And then Miss Judy requested the weight checks for our charts. Mom rounded me onto the scale first and after two attempts, that nasty piece of machinery finalized at 82 lbs of Jettiness. JJ, clocked in at her usual svelte 56. whatever lbs.
Miss Judy pointed out that last year, I weighed 75! Mom concurred, stating that my harness had become a bit snug. Ladies! Really? In front of Dr. Schaffer and the vet tech? Have a heart, weight is a sensitive issue for K9s, too. Mom looked at Dr. Schaffer and told him that I eat less than Little Miss Scale Show Off unless someone is doing something she is unaware of. Dr. Schaffer said he would see how my exam went and discuss the issue more.
Here’s JJ pretending to be invisible so as not to have her ears checked! Dr. Schaffer, nimble and kind, met her in her hiding spot and declared her ears “on the right track!” Now she’s on maintenance, whoo hoo!
Mom peeked through the window and snapped some photos of Dr. Schaffer doing the unmentionables and paying close attention to my cool racing stripes on my front paws. When we returned to Mom and JJ, Mom mentioned that my stripes appeared over the last year.
Well, turns out that the stripes contain my PUPPY FUR! We learned that puppy fur (when you’re older) can be a sign of hypothyroidism. Dr. Schaffer asked Mom if it seemed like I gained weight on air. Mom replied yes. Tick off another symptom box. Dr. Schaffer said he would run a blood test (already extracted, thank heaven) and let Mom know. He said hypothyroidism is fairly common in middle age K9s with retriever heritage.
Well, it turns out my case is mild and I can take medicine to help. I knew that scale thingie played Mischief on ‘ol Jetty boy!
Another great, weights and measures day.