Again, thank you ALL (now BunnyGirl, JoeyBlades, salieri2…and Michelle…I’ve been reading up on your emergency pet info…thank you for putting your valuable “2-cents” worth in). I’ve learned of an exceptionally good vet nearby (couldn’t get Jessica in before tomorrow), and will go over ALL of these things with him. My previous vet was superb, but a 90-mile roundtrip is not feasible.
Fleas are a terrible problem in South Texas, so all bets seem to be on Advantage for them. Because of heat and humidity, we have mosquitos (-toes?) as well, so heartworm preventatives are essential.
Since I had a beloved dog who developed diabetes, I’m really cautious about the right food for the dog (Jess’s prior owners apparently did some “table scraps”, which we’re getting OUT of her repertoire), as well as the right treats. SOME kind of chewies are a must, however…my fingers are getting a little “ventilated”.
We’ve had our first go-round with cage-training. Jessica’s vehemently opposed thus far, but since I’m the “alpha dog”, I’ll persist. It’s either that or we move outside. Nonetheless, Jessie’s getting pretty good at instantly squatting when we go outside, and I’m full of praise and pats for her efforts.
The one thing I have to share is that if you find yourself in the midst of replacing your wooden fence with another, don’t forget to add “puppy windows”…double the fence boards and make a double-sided screened box for viewing. I still have these from my last dog, and Jessie just loves to see what’s going on outside the fence…from within her safety zone.
You all have been most kind to take the time and post your suggestions; I promise to follow them all as much as possible.
“There will always be somebody who’s never read a book who’ll know twice what you know.” - D.Duchovny