When my upright is sick, I take care of her. I snuggle with her and keep her warm. I lay my head on her chest and listen to the sound of her heart beat. I press my body against hers when she’s in pain. My job is not to run around and play and be goofy, but to be her medicine.
This week, my upright became sick. She couldn’t eat and her stomach ached. I became her nurse, thermal heater, and medicine. It’s true. When humans become ill, dogs react to the scent in your mouth. We know before even you do that you’re fighting an infection or illness.
Scientists have conducted studies and discovered that dogs can sense when their upright has cancer. Various studies have confirmed that dogs have the ability to detect certain diseases such as cancer through their keen sense of smell. Our noses have the ability to detect chemicals known as volatile organic compounds or VOCs.
My upright doesn’t have cancer, but I was able to detect that she was sick. I stayed by her side all day and refused to even go for a walk when someone else offered to take me. Dogs are a kind of medicine. We make uprights feel better. We provide comfort, warmth, and even joy. We understand your needs and often offer our tummy for you to rub. I firmly believe that petting me provides a type of therapy to my upright. When she pets me, she begins to feel better.
And I’m happy to report that after 24 hours of petting and snuggling, she’s feeling much better. I’m hopeful that tomorrow we’ll go for a run! Woof!
This last week, I visited the Black Forest Veterinary Clinic. The veterinarian poked and prodded me. I was stabbed with sharp needles and they took my temperature (which is not pleasant). My upright informed me that every dog should visit their vet twice a year. I wondered why? She said that all the poking, prodding, and shots were for my health.
Have you ever received a shot before? It stings, but the pain only lasts a few seconds, thank goodness! I don’t know about human doctors, but veterinarians always give us yummy treats after a shot. Dr. Mohr always scratches my ears and looks inside them. He checks my teeth, my weight, and anything else that my upright thinks needs to be checked.
My teeth are in excellent condition because my upright brushes them at least four times a week. He also commented that my coat was shiny and healthy. I’m proud to say that my weight was perfect this time. Last April, Dr. Mohr marked on my chart that I was chubby. CHUBBY! I’m not chubby; I’m fluffy. I was still carrying my winter coat and extra fur can add pounds to my frame! Anyway, I’m happy to say that all the running, hiking, and walking I’ve been doing has paid off and I’m no longer considered chubby.
Some dogs are afraid to visit their vet. At first, I was scared too. I buried my face in my upright’s chest and refused to look at the vet while my temperature was being taken. My upright stroked my fur and whispered, “Be brave, Sienna.” She told me I was a good girl. Then the vet told me I was a good girl and offered me a treat. I’m proud to say that I’m no longer afraid of visiting a veterinary clinic. They care about my health. I want to live a long, active life with my upright.
If you own a pet, be sure to take them to a veterinary clinic twice a year. It’s important for the veterinarian to check your pet’s health and administer vaccinations for Rabies, Bordetella, and test for Heartworm.
Sienna, The Smartest Border Collie!
I'm a red and white Border Collie. I love performing with my upright, Denise Gard. I call all humans uprights, just so you know! This blog will detail all of my adventures and contain some useful dog tips for all dog lovers!