After last weekend's storms, we've had lovely weather, though spring seems to have turned into summer overnight. Still we're enjoying a few May flowers in the yard.
Norma Jean volunteered to go first by jumping onto the table. Tess, who is highly competitive jumped up there with her and not to be outdone, Lola got ready to join them. Dr B found it distracting to have all three girls on the table at the same time and we recruited someone to come hold two of them.
Norma Jean is a big strong girl with lots of muscle from jumping and swimming. Her teeth, ears, eyes and coat all look good. Her weight is perfect at 62 pounds. The little growth on her shoulder is nothing to worry about and we're watching a small growth on her leg. It's not dangerous but it's location could be a problem. While the doctor examined her, she was busy cleaning his ear and she even held fairly still for her blood draw. Lab reports are back and are perfect.
Friday we went back again with Bailey, Morgan and Noah. Morgan went first. She has a checkup every six months because of her age. She's doing pretty well. Her weight is good at 43 pounds and her eyesight has stayed about the same. Her hearing isn't so good but we can't decide how much she hears and how much she just ignores us. She's a lumpy old girl but most are just fatty with a few sebaceous cysts mixed in. Her arthritis is a bit worse and we're adjusting her meds a little to make her more comfortable. Her lab reports will be back tomorrow and we don't expect much of a change from last time.
Next it was Bailey's turn. She weighed in at 61 pounds and the doctor suggested that she lose two or three pounds. She was in good shape overall but I told him about her favoring her right front leg and he checked it closely. He thinks she has a shoulder injury that is painful. We discussed diet and medication to give her some relief. Everything else checked out well and she even stood quietly for her blood draw. That's a first, we usually have to struggle with her. Dr B commented that she seems to have matured a bit.