Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Walter, "New" Dog!

Mr. Walter Brennan, black and tan Coonhound gentleman of advancing years, visited the vet Monday for his
  • neuter
  • heart worm test (positive - dang - but I thought would be)
  • nail trim (all black, oldie thick)
  • teeth clean
I picked him up in the late afternoon, drizzle and cold surrounding us. He was pretty dopey - went right to his house crate to sleep.  Later, I moved him outside to do his business; he did both (yeah!), then back to his crate; gave him a food filled Kong with a bowl of water....he slept all night long!

His breath stunk; I thought he was missing some teeth. Not really - those in front are worn down to the gum-line (hmmm.....long time in a pen, perhaps chewing on the wire? - we once tried to put Cane in a pen at Safe Harbor; as Alice and I watched, when he could not open the pen with his feet/nails, he tried to rip it open with his teeth; he returned to Silverwalk); no teeth removed but you can see for yourselves what he put up with:

before - look at the back teeth especially - eeuuw!

However, NOW he is eating like a champ - I fed him up slowly to be careful with any gum pain as well as anesthesia recovery but here are Walter's sparklers after his dental:

after - what a transformation!


Walter is doing much better in the house, too. Yesterday, I started leaving his crate door open; he cautiously explores the house, then goes back into his crate to sleep; when he eats, he heads for his breezeway crate - smart dog (food driven dog!).  Today, he has full access (the bathroom door is closed) - no knocking down baby gates, no clearing off counters - just coming out for loving, looking and back to sleep. He was coming along well before his surgeries in the house. Oh, I think he is feeling better. We will address his heart worm treatment in January; I give him Heartgard monthly. He will make a hound lover a wonderful companion - has enough bay to satisfy, is loving and friendly to all and would love to lay at his owner's feet. 
Walter Brennan, Coonhound - great dog!

5 comments:

  1. Wow! You couldn't hardly tell there were back teeth in there!

    Sorry about the heartworms. That sucks.

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  2. wow. the before and after photos are really something!

    he sounds like a sweet guy!

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  3. What a sweetie. Nice job on the teeth!

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  4. Walter, we are so happy that you have rid yourself of your "extra baggage"! We can't believe the difference in your teeth; what a change! Pauley is a little jealous of all your chompers. Glad to hear that he is doing better in the house & crate; will most likely spend a lot of time in the crate during heartworm treatment:(

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