The Beginning of a Hippie Fur-Mama

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Alright fur parents…who doesn’t love a good ole’ vet visit?

I’m assuming nobody else’s hands are raised either. Charger is a little over 3 years old and luckily has a great vet. That is not to say, we’ve had some tough times and rough patches along the way. One emergency trip as a puppy after dog attack, and we were back to the regularly scheduled visits. Not only does Charger get very anxious before and during his visits to the Doc, but so does his mama! I’m usually taking Charger to the vet by myself, so I do no have the strength of his fur-dad there with me who is great at keeping both of us calm. IMG_9525

This time around wasn’t any different with our annual visit, but I did think to bring my Lavender oil. Charger was more anxious than normal, which didn’t help my nerves either. I had the Lavender open in the room with us, put some on me, and added some to Charger’s collar. I know it helped to calm my nerves a little bit. That was until he had to go back and get his vaccine and blood drawn…then this fur-mama was pretty much inhaling her Lavender like there was no tomorrow!

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I’m so thankful that Young Living Essential Oils are not only safe for me, but they’re safe for my dog, too. I make sure to slowly introduce any oils to Charger before diffusing around him and using any topically. If you’re ever interested in using these oils on your fur babies, let me know! Young Living has a whole line just for our four-legged friends!

I suppose I’ve slowly become a hippie fur-mama. Don’t worry, there will be more posts about holistic dog care soon. I do want to talk about this vet visit a little bit more though. Charger was up for a few vaccinations and tests for his year 3 appointment. Parvo, distemper, lepto, heart worm and fecal tests. WHOA! I have been doing a lot of research lately on holistic dog care and came across something called the titer test. “A titer test (pronounced TIGHT er) is a laboratory test measuring the existence and level of antibodies to disease in blood. Antibodies are produced when an antigen (like a virus or bacteria) provokes a response from the immune system. This response can come from natural exposure or from vaccination.”*

I decided to get this test done for Charger instead of the Parvo and distemper vaccines (for now). We did go with the lepto vaccine, only because we are moving onto 5 acres and I just felt as if we should be safe. The moral of this long and drawn out story is go with your gut, y’all! I want you to do what you feel is best for your pet, because nobody knows them better than you do. I paid a little more than the normal vaccines to get the titer test done but I will feel better knowing I may not be over-vaccinating my dog.

Consider this next time you may take your pets to the vet and ask your veterinarian about this option! And be sure to take some of the helpful Young Living oils with ya!

*https://www.dogsnaturallymagazine.com/titer-testing/

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