The ViaGen cloned puppies, whom I call “The Others”, recently went to their second Veterinarian exam with our reg vet, Dr. Joe Zulty at Essex Middle River Veterinary Center. While I have strong opposing opinions to certain vaccinations, I did want to get them their initial vaccine series so that I can finally take them out and about safely around other dogs. With that being said, I thought that after this most recent appointment, I would be able to take them out to socialize, however, I still have another appointment later this month before they are cleared to go out. To be clear, I am being extra cautious with these little guys. Since they grew up in isolated conditions, I want to be sure their immune system has had ample time to develop and they’ve had all their initial vaccinations. I may be overly cautious, but I’m on the better safe than sorry route with these pups!
All the puppies did great with their initial exams. As last time, as soon as we walked in, we were whisked away to the exam room. I forgot to ask, but I think this is because they are puppies and it lessens the chances of catching any illnesses from any dogs in the waiting room, which I could get quite used to. I’m sure I’m not the only pet parent out there that is sometimes waiting in the lobby for longer than expected.
Once in the exam room, the Vet Tech, Lauren, came in to take the boys vitals. I am happy to report that all the boys had normal temperatures, are growing and thriving. The puppies weights were actually pretty close still.
- Clark Kent – 3.3 lbs.
- Wade Wilson – 3.2 lbs.
- Tony Stark – 3.1 lbs.
- Peter Parker – 2.7 lbs.
Once the boys were weighed and had their vitals taken, each puppy had his nails trimmed. I’m so thankful that my Vet’s office trims their nails, as it literally horrifies me thinking of doing that. I know I would end up cutting them too short or hurting them somehow.
Afterwards, Dr. Zulty came into the exam room and looked the boys over. After chatting with me about how they are doing, their similarities and differences, it was time to give them their vaccines. All of the boys did extremely well, except little Peter Parker. He really disliked the needle and let out a little yelp.
The Others were so tired from all the action that when they got home, they napped longer than they usually do. Just when I started to get concerned, they all sprung up and into action. For the next few hours, they wrestled around as they usually do. I’m always concerned about vaccine reactions, so I was thrilled to see them back up and playing within a few hours. Within a few months, I plan to titer test them to make sure their vaccine levels are protecting them as they should be.
With any hope I should be able to get the boys out to of the house for training and socialization within the next month. We are going to have so many “firsts” coming your way. The Others still haven’t touched real grass yet, seen other dogs or been on a proper walk. Again, I may be sheltering them a bit too much, but having lost a Chi previously that went out too soon, I am not willing to take that risk again! I’d love to hear about any funny introduction stories you have from your experiences with your pets. Leave a comment below to let us know. 🙂