First let me say I love this new box, new boxes are always fun, but this one is not necessarily good news. I will tell you why on Friday.
Last Thursday we had a visit from Upstate Home Veterinary Care. This was a first for us, a Vet actually coming to our house, and several of you were curious as to how it went. Remember, I just had a full check up so I just said hello to the Vet and the Tech, but I can tell you that it was a lot less stressful for the sisters. They didn’t have to get stuffed in a carrier and endure the ride in the evil moving box with wheels. Dad did shut the bedroom door so there was no under-the-bed opportunities and Dad moved Sister Precious from her room to the bathroom so the bed wouldn’t be a hidey spot for her either. Yes, Sister Precious is still having some pee problems.
The Vet and the Tech were absolutely wonderful, and very thorough. All in all they were at our house with my five sisters for a little over two hours. Talk about individual attention! The Vet is a very kind lady and it was quite obvious to all of us that she really loves critters as does the tech, which I think is her hubby.
One question I had is what can a home Vet do? Well, general wellness care and related diagnostics. They have a fully equipped van and they were, for example, able to do the fecal analysis right in their van. Of course they can’t do anything surgical related and things like xrays, but they work with most of the local Vets on a referral basis for those things. They brought there own scale to get the weights, and all the vaccines for their annuals, and supplies for ear cultures and things like that. Oh yes, they did bring a thermometer!
Just one of my sisters was not pleased to see them. Can you guess which sister was downright hissy, growly, and overall unpleasant to our visitors? Tell ya in a bit.
Sister Sascha is generally healthy, but she is in need of a dental cleaning as she has a bit of calculus and moderate gingivitis. So, since that is the type of thing they cannot do in the home, Dad will be scheduling a dental cleaning for her in the near future. Otherwise Sister Sascha was deemed to be healthy. Sister Sascha is overweight and the diet word came up.
Sister Gracie, my sweet sister with asthma, might actually have allergic bronchitis either instead of or in addition to her asthma. The Vet said this because Sister Gracie has a more difficult time in allergy season and typical asthma is not usually worse with the change of the seasons. So we will be trying her on another med to see if that actually helps Sister Gracie. Otherwise sweet Gracie is healthy, but her weight is an issue as well so we’ll have to work on that for her.
As a note, the Vet is very cost oriented. She gave us a price on the med and told Dad if he could find it cheaper online he should do that to save money and she would be more than happy to call in the Rx for us.
Sister Zoe is overall very healthy. She had that compulsive grooming problem associated with allergies which is now mostly controlled with 1/4 ChlorTab daily (from WalMart, it’s an antihistamine and this Vet had recommended this because as she said “it’s dirt cheap and effective”. Sister Zoe is small and not overweight, so the “D” word just passed her by.
Sister Dolly is quite healthy too. She does have some signs of allergic dermititis around the base of her tail and it looks like a bad case of dandruff. The Vet recommended Omega 3 fatty acids (fish oil) on her food every other day. She said it wouldn’t hurt to give it to all of us as the benefits are quite good. Otherwise all is well with Sister Dolly.
Sister Precious, if you recall, was recently diagnosed with a UTI by her newest regular vet (our favorite Vet left this practice). Well, she is still having a pee problem in that, while most pees are normal, she might go back to the box and strain to do a really small pee. The Vet and Tech held her as she was quite cooperative while they took that long needle and got a good urine sample from her. The Vet wanted not only a urinalysis but a culture so she could better determine what is going on. That is beyond the capacity of their mobile van, but she dropped that sample off at a local lab after they left our place. The Vet called Friday and it is not a UTI, it is cystitus. The culture takes a couple of days but it is important to determine exactly what type so the most effective treatment can be had. Once that is determined the Vet will come back with the meds we need for this specific cystitus (sterile cystitus?). We have generally lost confidence in “that other Vet”. We also need to encourage her to drink more water so she now has her own water fountain. And she needs to transition to an all wet food diet over time.
Those are the updates. Now then, did you guess which sister was not nice and generally tried her best to be a holy terror? Well…it was…
It was Sister Sascha! I didn’t even know she knew words like that, but she sure let them fly. But they were very kind and patient and all three of them got through her exam.
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