Miki has been with me since he was 2 months old and he is 11 this year. All these while, he didn't have any dental cleaning etc because he totally don't like it. I am expecting his teeth will start giving him problem sooner or later but wasn't expecting it will be so fast.
Recently I brought him for grooming session and I asked the groomer to clean his teeth too. The groomer told me that Miki is having some ear infection problem and asked me to bring him to a vet for teeth scaling too. As for the ear infection, I try to apply ear drop medicine for him all these while and think it doesn't works at all.
After the grooming, I think I shouldn't wait anymore. So I called the vet and make an appointment for him to have a check up for his teeth and also for the ear infection. Seeing Miki scratching his ear in pain everyday, don't make me feel good either.
So last week I brought him to the vet. The vet gave Miki some antibiotic, a bottle of ear wash and ear drop medicine. They ask me to clean his ear everyday, wash his ear using the ear wash everyday and dig out all the loosen ear wax. Of course Miki won't allow me to do that and seriously I don't dare too. So the vet suggest me to wash it and apply the medicine. But skip the part for clearing the ear wax. And I will need to bring him back every 3-4 days to let them remove it.
The procedure will be quite tiring for me and costly too but I feel it is worth it. After the first session of clearing the ear wax, cleaning his ears and applied with medicine... Miki really feel so much better. The frequency of him scratching his ears is lesser and today is the second day of the medication. So far so good.
As for the dental, the vet told me that they can't tell me if Miki need to go for tooth extraction or just normal scaling will do. But I know it myself that he sure will get a tooth extraction. At least now I am prepared for it and will take note of what I should do during his recovery process.
Today something bad has happened. While he was biting with his favourite milk stick, out of sudden he scream. At that moment I wasn't aware of what happen. But later on, I saw the chipped teeth on my bed and realise that his teeth chipped off while biting the milk stick. It was my bad that I should have stopping giving him that to bite. I don't know that his teeth was so weak now because he seem ok recently.
He was not able to eat anything after 10pm, 1 day before the surgery and the surgery will be in the morning. After 6am he was not able to have any water. To be honest I am really so afraid because I know that he need to go through all these again.
2 years ago, Miki has a bladder stone surgery. That time was quite bad as he feel pain from the wound. I feel so lost when I can't even carry him because it will make him feel more pain. That bladder stone surgery, he was under anaesthesia and after the surgery, he was goggy and was drooling. He need wear the Elizabethan collar after the surgery to prevent him from scratching or licking his wound. That few days I stayed at home to look after him. He totally don't have the mood to move around and can't even walk properly. Wasn't eating too for the first two days. That time was really tough because I still need to work.
Everyday after work, I will rush back home to ensure he is ok.
This is the x-ray report of Miki 2 years ago when he has bladder stone problem.
Miki with the Elizabethan collar. Poor boy.
So this time round, I hope things won't be as bad as last time. After the tooth extraction, the first few days he sure feel some uncomfortable or pain. I am expecting that he won't be eating for the first two days too. So I will be preparing boiled white fish for him instead of boiled chicken and pork meat. I doubt that he can chew too.
At a dog age of his, I know that things won't be the same anymore as the last time. I just got to take care and give him more attention. Will update about his dental extraction and recovery process when it is all done.
So now just share some of his photos here.
As Miki start to age, I know that he will leave me one day too. Just like human being. I had to admit that I am not ready for that stage yet and I pray that he will be with me for many more years. Even though it was so tough for me to get a pet boarding whenever I need to go overseas as Miki temperamental wasn't good and his meal preparation wasn't easy too. I always worried whenever I want to go overseas and spend a lot just to send him for pet boarding etc.
When from the first day I had Miki, I know that I can't save on all these money and I know that I need to be responsible. Even the days was tough but I do it willingly. I don't want to forget any memories about him so on my blog, I will post more of his photos and updates. I hope if one day he leave me, all the memories will still stay with me.
11 years was really very long and I seriously know how it feel to lose you loved ones. I told myself when Miki left me, I will never have another dog again
Ok now let skip all these sad thinking and worrying. Will update soon~