Bloat and Lepto
We had a great first vet visit this morning and Addie is doing really well. Couple of things the vet asked us to ask you:
- Lepto. The vets would normally give this medicine, especially as Addie is going to spend a fair amount of time in the mountains. So they wanted to better understand your reasons for avoiding it.
- Torsion. Do you have an opinion on preventing this with surgery? We did it for our previous Weim at the same time she was spayed, but wanted to check with you first.
Shark Baby Look
As you can see from the photo, Addie may have a little piranha mixed in with her. But we’re working on it, and she is so smart, bold and affectionate. The only time she took fright was when a flock of noisy parrots flew over the yard. Other than that, she seems to be crate-trained and sleeps silently through the night, so thanks for the head-start you gave her.
Breeder’s Note: We are glad you are delighted with Addie. She is a cute girl. Our advice is to forego the Lepto vaccine when combined in the puppy shot. There are many reasons we believe it is beneficial to give the Lepto alone, and a bit later. Ideally, it is best having to use that particular vaccine, but when you are in a high-risk, location it is necessary. Unfortunately, when combined with the puppy-shot it may well compromise the pup’s health. In a small percentage of cases, it can be life-threatening. We feel those risks are not worth taking.
The surgical procedure of tacking-the stomach to prevent bloat is something we have no direct experience on doing. When we discussed it with Dr. Calhoun, he said he is not in favor of any unnecessary operative procedures. There is more information in yesterday’s blog on this topic. (Click Here) Honestly, our best guess is there are trade-offs, but maybe someone will have a comment to share on the topic.