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I hate taking her to the vet because I hate seeing that extremely scared side of her come back out after all the work I've put in to her. :(

But, alas, we must go.

As I mentioned in Cheetah's thread about Eevee's hair loss, my dog has been having hair come out on her ears. I waited a week, it didn't clear up and I think the vet tech who told me to wait it out was being too lax.

She also, last night, peed on the rug in front of my dad (I'll be hearing about this later when he comes home I'm sure) at 3AM. She hasn't gone in the house in months (except for a strange poop accident a couple of weeks ago). She had gone out only a few hours before around 11PM, so I'm extremely surprised that she had to go so badly that she went, especially since she is still fearful of my dad.

My mom keeps telling me that Marge is more nervous lately. Since I, arguably, am the person Marge trusts the most, I'm in a bad position to see how true that is.

So all of those things added up and I don't want to wait until things get really bad, so I made an appointment for 4:30 today. Blah.. not a fun way to spend a gorgeous Friday.
 

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Well, he checked her over, if she pees in the house again we'll do a urinalysis.

Doesn't seem concerned with the ears. Putting Animax cream on them now, twice a day for two weeks and then see how it is.

She's a petite 38.8 lbs and he says she's in perfect shape.

So basically it's just a watch n' wait. Thinks she looks good though, overall. :)
 

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Glad to hear she's in good health....overall. Keep an eye out. Lots of times we know our dogs so well we can spot something out of whack early. But, sometimes...we look into things too much too! :)
 

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I am glad to hear Marge is doing well. Did the vet look into her eyes? Did they test her neuralgic reflexes? Keep a close eye on her "nervousness thing" and if it continues make sure to get her back for another blood test to check her thyroid levels. If she is commonly afraid of the vet, I would recommend that you start taking her there once every few weeks. Just walk in and sit in the lobby area and then feed her some really yummy treat, like boiled chicken. Praise her and go home. After a few months ask the receptionists or techs to maybe give her a few treats while there. (boiled chicken) then just go home. All of this should be approved by your vet of course. It is to his advantage to have her feel calm and relaxed in the vet office though. :)
 

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Actually Inga, she was PHENOMENAL today at the vet's. She usually pitches a fit when we go in through the front door (albeit she's only been there two other times since I've had her, June 08) but today she went right in, was taking treats from both me and the technician, sat right on the scale without a fuss. She jumped off the exam table once but otherwise was fine and wanted to follow the Doc into the back. :D LOL! That was one really bright spot from today. I think *I* was more nervous at the vet's today than she was.

I honestly think the nervousness is stemming from me not being present in certain situations. Ie., she loves both my grandmother and mom, but they came in one day with groceries in the middle of the afternoon and Marge just wasn't expecting anyone. I wasn't there, she was probably in a deep sleep and startled that they came home. I am definitely this dog's source of confidence. To me she's actually been less fearful.. going up to people on walks and stuff like that.

I definitely know what you mean MacNRoe, I read into EVERYTHING with my dog. And my cat too. I'd always rather be safe than sorry. I'm justing hoping this accident in the house was a fluke, as my parents will not take kindly to repeated piddles on the rug. That's why I made clear that if she does it any more I will explore a medical cause.

Thinking maybe I'll try the bell method, too. Even if it means the occasional bell ring to go outside just to lay in the sun. It'd certainly be better than dealing with housetraining issues all over again.

Thank you all for your kind words, I'll be keeping everyone updated on my pooch - only another 3ish weeks before we take the CGC. :)
 
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