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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old 12-21-2016, 01:52 PM Thread Starter
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First Vet visit

I took Sassy to the vet today to have her initial checkup after bringing her home on Saturday. We found out she has an ear infection, which didn't surprise me because she was scratching her ears a little. The thing that has me worried is that the vet was concerned about Sassy's behavior and wants me to bring back a stool sample. Sassy was very calm, and took all the handling really well. According to the vet, too well. She said that most puppies this age that she sees are very active and squirmy, even biting at her when she examines them. I don't remember Raffy being very much different at his first visit, but that was a different clinic, and it's possible that he was more active and I'm just not remembering.

Sassy had gotten up early, went for a car ride, played with Raffy for a while, ate breakfast, then had a nap which we had to wake her up from to go to the vet. After we got back, she played with Raffy a bit more, then went down for another nap. I am hoping she was just tired at the vet and there's nothing wrong, but now I'm worried. Ugh.

Her breeder has all of her puppies handled a lot by a variety of people, including children before they are sent to their new homes. Sassy has been sleeping a lot, but I do remember Raffy sleeping a lot also.

I'm not sure if I have a question here or not. I guess if I do, it is, do Havanese puppies deal with being handled better than other small puppies? Is my vet being overly concerned?

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Nino has always been very good for the vet. His first time in with us, he stood perfectly still as the vet did her examination and didn't make a peep when he got his vaccinations. If he could have flipped his ears back for them to take a peek, he would have. The vet had no concern with his behavior, though. He was well socialized from birth and has always been unflappable. Our vet takes a stool sample at every checkup, so we had already had one done at that point.

I don't think there is really much cause for concern. A well-socialized puppy isn't necessarily the norm for vets, so they are used to seeing pups that dislike any handling, but if she is normally a happy, bouncy puppy most of the time, I wouldn't worry too much. Go ahead and do the stool sample though. I think it is important to do a fecal with checkups anyways, especially since she has an ear infection and isn't 100% well.
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follow up with his suggestion and play it by ear., if still concerned he might suggest more.

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Leo went to his first vet visit yesterday. He was very calm and the vet was fine with it--it was my husband and myself who seemed more anxious!
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Both my dogs have been 100% calm at the vet, even on their first visits. Watson likes to give me the "betrayal face," the same face he gives me when i leave him at daycare, but even my rambunctious girl, Lola, has been the princess of compliance at vet visits. I think she was just scared at her first visit, but she's used to being handled, even if she's not a fan.

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My guys were calm on their first puppy visits too. They are still good about it. Of course follow up with anything medical the vet suggests, just to be sure, but, without further evidence of disease, I wouldn't worry overly much if she came from a good breeder.

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Thanks for the responses. I do think Sassy was just sleepy from a busy morning and being good for the Vet. It did turn out that she had a touch of giardia, which we are treating now. She has not had any diarrhea or mucus in her stools so it's a very mild case. If anything, she's been a bit constipated. I let our breeder know so she can treat the puppies that haven't gone home yet. I have caught Sassy a bit too interested in her poop so I've become -very- diligent about picking that up right away. The Vet and the breeder both gave me advice about things I can put in her food to make her poop less appetizing, but I'm hoping that I can avoid these supplements with a consistent, "leave it" and picking it up immediately.

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