Apr. 22nd, 2008

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I took Pearl and Willie to the vet this afternoon as Willie was behind on his shots, and Pearl needed flea treatment anyway. Poor Pearl really freaked out when they went to draw her blood and it took about 4 tries, I felt awful for her and almost refused any further tries when the tech finally got it. I was glad he did, because she tested positive for Ehrlichia and now has to be on antibiotics twice a day for at least a month, maybe 2. He said its hard to tell when she was infected, but as she hasn't been sick since I've had her and it has up to a 5 year "incubation" period before chronic symptoms occur, its likely it was before I got her. I've been reading that its 98% treatable unless a dog is actively showing symptoms, which she's not. It is a parasite that is transmitted through tick bites, and our vet said it is being found more and more in GA. I feel so bad for sweet Pearl. Fortunately she doesn't mind the pills so much with a little bit of turkey to wrap them up in!

And Willie Nelson has to go on a diet, he was 18.5 lbs today.

I've taken all the food up, and there's a whole lot of bitchin going on.


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