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Hi everyone,

I really should be asleep by now as it's almost 1am but just wanted to let you know that Cooper goes in for his first lot of tests at 8.40am. He has been unwell since yesterday, pretty sure he has conjunctivitis but we were all awaiting Covid tests results (thankfully came back negative tonight) so he will get his eye checked out tomorrow. He has been very quiet though. Here's hoping we can get some answers 馃.

I have attached a picture of his sore eye and the tests that he is getting done.

Hope everyone is well x
 

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Poor Cooper I hope everything is okay
 
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Hoping for good news and rapid improvement.
 
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I hope you get answers that lead to a good treatment plan. I am so sorry you all are going through this.
 
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Thank you for your replies 鉂. Cooper ended up having to be sedated to get his tests done because he is terrified of the vet and was putting up a fight, not aggressively but wriggling and using his front paws like a cat. This obviously isn't helpful when they are trying to get several lots of blood from his jugular 馃う鈥嶁檧锔. I honestly don't blame him for being scared at all, it's all he has ever known unfortunately. He was supposed to be kept until 4.15pm and I was called to pick him up at 12pm. They said he was just too stressed and thought he was better recovering at home. I am grateful that they did that and are trying to reduce his stress. They said the more they try to pin him down or force him, the more they are reinforcing his fear so better to use sedation.

His general blood tests were all fine, a couple of them were a little under ideal levels but not enough to worry them. I'm really sorry, I can't remember which ones. They are doing faecal tests to look for parasites and these results should be back next week. The other tests, TFI, Folate, Cobalamin and ACTH should be back at the end of this week. He has conjunctivitis in his eye and has been given antibiotic drops. There is no sign of anything else going on with his eye, no ulcers etc. Apparently a lot of dogs are getting conjunctivitis just now 馃し鈥嶁檧锔.

I feel so bad for him. It must be horrible to feel so scared and I don't want this to be his life forever. He must wonder why I keep leaving him there. Funny thing though was when I went to pick him up. The vets isn't in a huge building and when I got into the waiting area I heard him start to bark. I mentioned it to the receptionist and she said he had been quiet all morning and that she thought he knew I was there. I wonder if he heard my wheels lol
 

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I realize that there are some dog owners that should not be with their dog during examination or procedure. As for me, I would not use a veterinarian who would not allow me to stay with my dog. That said, I do have some qualifications that most vets will allow - I used to be a nurse (people, not dogs), I bred dogs for many years, and I used to assist my veterinarian for procedures and surgeries not only for my dogs but for others as well. We were close friends and showed dogs together for years.

There is a member of the kennel club I just joined who is a veterinarian who does house calls. I am going to transfer my business to her.
 

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I think it is very probable heheard your car - I had the same experience with Poppy when she had to spend several days in on a drip. I am glad the news was no worse but agree with you that poor Cooper has had a lot to cope with over the past months. I wonder whether puppy basics- very frequent brief visits with very good treats, building up to longer visits with excellent treats - might help to take the edge off his stress?
 
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I think it is very probable heheard your car - I had the same experience with Poppy when she had to spend several days in on a drip. I am glad the news was no worse but agree with you that poor Cooper has had a lot to cope with over the past months. I wonder whether puppy basics- very frequent brief visits with very good treats, building up to longer visits with excellent treats - might help to take the edge off his stress?
My practice does nurse socialisation appointments but they are very much on hold just now because of Covid. The nurse would take him in and walk him around then visit all of the staff for cuddles and treats. I think that this sounds excellent but unfortunately it's a waiting game. They are so good with him and once he is finished, he gives them kisses and cuddles but hates to be examined. Our previous vet wasn't the best and some things happened there that I think really scared him. The vet is also still just letting one person per pet enter and I have his trainer offering to go with me to try training techniques to help but again, Covid is stopping this 馃う鈥嶁檧锔
 

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I am sorry Cooper had such a rough tme, but hope thse pending results have useful info. He must be exhausted this evening.
 
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