We have a little 6 year-old Jack Russell bitch named Patch. We’ve had her since four months. When we brought her home she was very shy and cautious. It took several months for her to integrate but she has been a sheer delight to have, even if she is the worst scrounger in dogdom!
Yesterday she had to go to the vet’s for a dental to clean the tartar from her teeth. Her breath had become very bad! This had to be done under anaesthetic so we had to leave her all day. She really doesn’t like the vet’s. My wife had to walk her down and when she got back she was in floods of tears at leaving little Patch.
All day we were twiddling our thumbs, hoping that she would be OK. The house seemed so still and quiet without her. The call came at 3.00 p.m. to collect her. They had to remove four teeth but she was fine, if a little woozy.
They also took an x-ray of her leg. Unfortunately she will need another operation to stop her knee cap dislocating. While it is not urgent, it will need to be done in the next year or so. Obviously this is a lot more serious than having her teeth done.
While you hope that nothing goes wrong, there’s always a risk, particularly with a small dog. The thought of the possibility of losing Patch is almost unbearable. What is it about dogs? They really get to you.