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Old Dog Maintenance – Ginko’s Turn

In about a month, Ginko will be 12. He recently had a thorough exam, senior blood work, and vaccinations (3-year rabies, 1-year lepto). And, this week … he went in to have his teeth “done.” While he was conked out, they went ahead and took off two bothersome lumps — one on an eyelid and one his head.

Ginko did great, but he still isn’t feeling entirely like himself … yet.

Ginko has good teeth, and he has only had his teeth “done” once before when he was about 5-6 years old. BUT, they were getting kind of scrungy, and it has been a while since he enthusiastically chewed on a bone or anything.

So, while he is still healthy and strong, I wanted to get his teeth cleaned … essentially one last time.

Tom drove Ginko to the veterinary hospital Monday morning and worked all day around his mom’s house (nearby) until Ginko could come home.

Our big boy will go back next Monday to have his incisions checked. Then, he’ll go back the Monday after that to get his stitches out.

I’ve never had to put ointment into a dog’s eye before. It isn’t easy. Tom is better at it than I am, so he’ll probably handle that task. We have to goop some ointment into Ginko’s eye 3 times a day.

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With 2 incisions and a thorough dental cleaning, Ginko isn’t keen about his whole head right now, so I’ll have to wait a few days to look at his teeth in earnest.

Silly me. I forgot to take ‘before” pictures.

He tries to rub his eye with a front paw, so he sometimes has to wear his new BooBooLoon that I got at the veterinary conference recently.

I’ll do a formal product review at some point, but here is a picture of that.

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Roxanne Hawn

Trained as a traditional journalist and based in the Rocky Mountains of Colorado, USA, I'm a full-time freelance writer for magazines, websites, and private clients. My areas of specialty include everything in the lifestyles arena, including health and home, personal finance and other consumer interests, relationships and trends, people and business profiles ... and, of course, all things pet related. I don't just love dogs. I need them in my life. Seriously.

Pup Fan - April 18, 2012

Aw… Ginko is not feeling the cone (or cone-like item).
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Scot207 - April 12, 2012

How lucky is your dog to stay this long… I remembered my pet dog, he is only 8 years old when he passed away because of pneumonia. Hope Ginko will get back to his healthy condition after the vet-med visit…

Heidi19 - April 12, 2012

Is he that old? I can’t believe it! Wow!
So how’s Ginko’s eye doing now? I adore dogs so much.. He’s cute on that last photo!
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    Roxanne Hawn - April 12, 2012

    He is indeed 12 this year. Hard to believe, but easy to remember since he was born in 2000. ;o) His eye seems to be OK. He still fusses at it some, especially after we put in ointment. We’ll be glad when those stitches come out.

Jen - April 12, 2012

Poor Ginko! He looks singularly unimpressed with the BooBooLoon in the last picture!
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