It was a busy day here at Chiyoko! Our veterinarian came out to do annual health exams, including patellas and heart auscultations - with 13 chin it takes awhile!
Every year our Chin have at least one appointment with our veterinarian who does a thorough exam of their general health, eyes, ears, teeth, coat and weight. He also listens to the heart carefully and checks the patellas, as outlined on the OFA Cardiac and Patellar Luxation forms. Overall the Chin are in good health, including the 3 little fatties who he kindly wrote "slightly overweight" on their health form.
There were no signs of any audible murmurs, even the slightly overweight ones... I have to admit I was a little worried about them and they are now on a diet! I was pleased that our seniors, Aimi, Sachio, Nina and Lucky all still sound normal as well, I always worry about the older ones.
We do have a few stage 1 patellas, both Aimi and Sachio who are now 9 years old this year and Tobby's right patella is beginning to luxate on pressure. Tobby's patellas were both perfect last year at 5, he recently turned 6 years old. I suspect that the change in his right patella is from an injury he sustained about 5 months ago, he is back to normal now but he was sore at the time.
We are pleased to have the annuals and paperwork complete for another year, the OFA got another huge pile of health forms sent in!
a little of everything
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