Yesterday we took Rick to the vet to arrange for his passport and to check with someone about his sore paw. We went in just after 9.00 a.m. to make an appointment but were told there was no appointment system but to return between 2.30 and 4.30 in the afternoon. We went back at 2.30 and there were already three dogs in front of us in the queue.
All was going well until a feline emergency arrived, it looked like someone’s cat had been involved in an accident. We waited for two hours. Rick behaved beautifully, I got extremely fidgety. I’m not very good at waiting. Paul told me to go and sit in the car. I sat quietly.
Eventually we got to see the vet and he explained that a grass seed had become embedded in Rick’s paw. Apparently it’s been a very bad year for grass seeds and a lot of animals have suffered, either by inhaling the seeds or paw problems. I thought this countryside would be ideal for dog walking but there are hidden dangers. I’m going to have to check Rick’s paws on a daily basis. The vet cleaned Rick’s paw and gave him an antibiotic injection plus his rabies jab which is needed for his passport. Rick’s passport now enables him to travel freely within Europe.
The heavens opened while we were in the surgery and it was absolutely tipping down with rain. Paul fetched the car so that Rick and I didn’t get too wet. There was a lot of thunder and more rain after we got home but storms don’t seem to bother this perfect dog. He had his dinner and promptly threw up, just missing my expensive rug. Side effect of the antibiotic no doubt.