Yep it is that time of year for me.
It's time for me to visit my Vet Guy, Dr. Eddie. I don't mind coming here. They give me treats and good ear scratches.
I'm a good boy and keep my MOM amused in the exam room.
"Hey MOM why do Bees have sticky hair?"
"I don't know Goosie, why?"
"Because they use honeycombs."
Hahhahhahhaha "Hey MOM did ya hear the one about the squirrels in the church?"
"Oh wait, Dr. Eddie is here. I sure hope he knows I am here for a yummy treat."
He listened to my insides, and checked my muscle tone, looked at my teeth and eyes. It was a complete check over and I am happy to say that everything is A-OK. He says I am as fit as a healthy 5 or 6 year old. Not bad for a Goose who is over 13 years old. "OK Dr. Eddie where is the treat? That is really why I am here."
WHAT?! Oh I had to get a shot in the butt. No worries, I was due for that shot. I didn't even feel it. Now where is that treat?
What do you mean I am due for that squirty stuff up my nose?! Fine, fine, I don't like the squirty stuff but I was brave and took it like a big dog. "NOW, how about that treat?"
"Oh for goodness sake, now what?"
"It's your snake shot. It's time for you to get it Gooie."
"Oh right. OK OK I have had my shots updated, and the squirty stuff up my nose and the added bonus of my annual snake shot. SO, now do I get what I came for?"
"Oh Yea!!!!! You bet I'll catch this. After all, the treat is why I came here."
I want to take a moment to bark at ya about the snake shot. Why do I get one you may ask. MOM and I do a lot of hiking and walking in areas where snakes live. We have even had a few snakes in our yard, and one time for sure it was a rattlesnake. About 8,000 people get bitten by venomous snakes in the US every year. It is estimated that 150,000 dogs and cats get bitten. Snake bites are 25 times more fatal to dogs than humans. Yes the snake vaccine is safe. Been through extensive test. The snake vaccine delays the effects and reduce the severity of snake bites and helps dogs survive and recover more quickly. This vaccine give my MOM more time to get me to the vet or hospital if I were to be bitten. My friend Dougal was bitten last summer and because he had the vaccine the doctor said he survived. I will tell you this vaccine will not protect you from the Mojave Rattlesnake, Coral Snake, or Cottonmouth. The vaccine last a year. MOM and I believe that more dogs should have the vaccine. Snakes are not just in the mountains. In fact in the area I live in they are in places you would not think. That is especially true this year because it is so hot and it is predicted to be a very hot season. So those sneaky snakes are looking for a cooler place to be and are looking for water. This vaccine also gives my MOM peace of mind in that she is doing what she can to protect me (aside from wrapping me in bubble wrap and never letting me outside).