OK part 2.
Just about everyone has expressed some very valid points and concerns I want to address. Your thoughts and words are heard and much appreciated.
Both dogs had a full checkup, bloodwork done, the whole 9 yards and got clean bills of health in February. I found a vet close to us right after we got here but I wasn't really impressed with them so I'm still looking around. I've heard good things about a few others and I'll be checking them out when I get time. I called our old vet. Hes not comfortable prescribing something now that we're no longer considered in his care. I can't blame him. He did say to call him if I have any worries about anything our vet here prescribes for Wookie before giving it so he can give me a thumbs up.
Dax is on Heartguard, always has been and will stay on it. My wife is fine with this. She's even halfway OK with him being on a chewable preventative for fleas. I say halfway because while she doesn't think it will hurt him, she terrified of Wookie grooming him and ingesting something he's putting off through his skin. Is it nuts considering Wookie could groom off a topical really easy? Absolutely. Can I fix it? No. She's comfortable with older products because she knows from experience what won't cause problems. I can't argue her point that collars can come off, sprays and powders can wash off and she thinks topicals can too within the first day or so. I can't take something back out the dog that the dog ate hours ago. I'm at a loss with this one so if you guys have any ideas, I want to hear them.
Wookie has that MDR1 or whatever it is problem. We had the tests done. Wookie had parvo as a pup, has a mild heart murmur and a past history of seizures. Liver values are normally slightly abnormal. When she was 2, she got into something or possibly some medication didn't agree with. I don't know all the details, we were just dating then. What I do know is Wookie spent another week in the hospital and nearly died from it. The dog is a genetic health mess and probably came from a puppy mill. There's a long list of drugs we have to avoid. We're very careful what goes in or on this dog. Wookie is tested for heartworm every 4 months and has always come back negative.
We have a great relationship with our old vet. He's been very patient, understanding, educational and willing to do whatever he can to keep Wookie happy, healthy and pest free while keeping him safe from side effects. I know the ivermectin dose in heartworm preventatives is supposed to be safe. My wife, our old vet and I decided a long time ago that we wouldn't chance it since the heartworm risk back home was very, very low. I think there's also new stuff out that's supposed to be different.
We're well aware that risk has increased substantially with this move. We had that conversation with our old vet in February and he was very frank about it. My wife knows frequent testing and no preventative isn't a long term solution in this area. For now though, our plan isn't changing. Like it or not, I've got to work with what she can handle. I can't have her terrified and panicking. It's not an easy decision which is why I snuck the capstar. Believe me, I felt like a total tool doing it but with the relief it brought the dogs, I'd do it again. I honestly think my wife might be OK with it so I'll probably talk to her about it tonight and see what she says.
Just to be clear and in full disclosure, my wife knows she's being completely irrational. She's having a very, very hard time right now and we're working through it the best we can. Let's just say that my joke about 3 extra therapy sessions wasn't really a joke.
If you got this far, thanks. This wasn't easy to write. I'm going to go love on the dogs for a bit and give them a bath.