Okay, so I've had her nearly a month and didn't get her in to my own vet for a review yet. My bad - I had a cat in chronic renal failure that cost me nearly a grand, and then went to MD for a week. I belatedly brought her in today, because she needed heartworm meds, and I know we have a flea battle again. It was a hoot.
My vet's office is great - the vets are wonderful, they know their stuff with a tricky diagnosis (Murphy/lymphangiectasia), and everybody on the staff is genuinely nuts about animals. Smooch was treated like a visiting rock star, because they are not only animal crazy, but many are also Boston Terrier obsessed. The receptionist, when coming over to fuss over her, warned me that once she went into the back room I'd be lucky to see her again, because they LOVE Bostons back there. My favorite Dr., Vet Boy, he of the Murphy primary care, had to come out to greet her in the waiting area, pronounce her adorable, and kiss her on the nose.
We went into the exam room, where the tech (a guy I hadn't seen before) also made much over her, and carried her into the back. Where she lingered a very long time. They had to weigh her, and draw blood, and then apparently take her on a tour of every staff member.
She's a Quirky Boston Terrier. I think I mentioned earlier that she has No Tail? That is not true. The vet showed me her tail - she has an inverted tail, something far more common in English Bulldogs. Picture the top end of the dog, and the point where the back end of the dog drops off toward the rectum. There's a tiny, neatly concealed flap of skin there, and when you pull it back - hey, there's a small corkscrew tail, complete with hair! (The corkscrew tail is a perfectly normal Boston Terrier tail.) The random hair sticking out of that area is actually the tip of her inverted tail. This can be an issue if it gets dirty and then infected, but hers is actually a bit north of the danger zone, so it's just something to consider when bathing her. It was something that kept her out of the show ring, but otherwise, not a big deal.
Her knees are fine. She's the only dog in the family without at least a mild degree of luxating patella. Her abnormally flexible hind legs and tendency to sit like a grasshopper, with legs extended behind her in a way that made the vet tech flinch and tell her it looks like it hurts, is not a problem. I'm guessing she'll mature out of that, as her joints get older and less flexible.
The vet detected a hint of a heart murmur, but said that 70% of dogs with that kind of murmur don't ever have a problem with it, and I am not going to breed her so it's not a big deal. She was otherwise declared Unbelievably Adorable, and fussed over like a princess. She left with a swelled head, and has pranced around the house with newfound confidence, like she won a minor beauty pageant.
But she did pick up whipworms, which is surprising, since she was on Interceptor. I guess it failed to Intercept them. We have meds for that, and we'll knock them out.
She's sacked out and snoring right now.
Wedding plans proceed for Girlchild. I went to Target today, and impulse-purchased a cute little skirted baby bathing suit and a coordinating sun hat for Grandgirl, who is going to Hilton Head with her parents next month. I plan to visit Asheville in August, and of course they will be here in November for Girlchild's Wedding. The rest of the details are still...flexible. Very.