Sunday, November 16, 2008

Yearly checkup...

A couple of weeks ago Deuce got a postcard in the mail. Yes, my cat. Every year our veterinary clinic sends out a reminder that he's due for his shots and a general checkup...basically they put him up on the hoist and rotate his tires. ;)

We decided to take him in yesterday so they could check him over.

We waited about 20 minutes for the vet, which isn't too bad...though really we were the only ones in the clinic. I'm sure they were busy downstairs with their other 'patients'. While we were in the waiting room, since it was so quiet, we heard one of the doctors being paged. Apparently "Hazel the Bunny" wanted to talk to her and get an update. Yes, when an owner calls up, they page the doctor as if it's the animal on the phone...I guess it's easier to find the file. It just sounded hilarious and Josh and I both laughed.

As an aside, years ago I used to work at this clinic. One day Josh came to pick me up and he asked for me by name. The receptionist looked in the computer, and said "there's nobody here by that name". He looked at her and said "two legs, not four!" That story still makes me giggle after all that time.

Anyways, the vet came up to see Deuce and took him downstairs to give him his shots and I wanted her to look at his chin. Every so often Deuce gets a breakout on his chin...yes, my cat has acne...but other than that he's in great shape.

She came back up and gave us something to put on the acne. The vet said he was well-behaved, which is saying a lot.

We used to have to take him in loaded up on Valium (don't worry, he was alright) because he was a holy terror there. At one point, a few years ago, they needed three techs to hold down our little kitty while the vet looked at him. The vet told us that this time he was great and he does better with minimal holding. You think? How would you react if you had three people holding you down? Wait, don't answer that, I don't wanna know...

She told us that Deuce gained half a pound this year and while it's not a great amount of weight, this puts him over the 15 pound mark. I know that sounds like a lot, but he's a BIG cat. Whenever anyone sees him, they're always shocked by his size (I mean his length and height...not his weight). He's half Maine Coon and half tabby...

The vet also mentioned that Deuce has a bit of plaque build-up on one side of his teeth. Apparently he's been eating on only one side, she's not sure if he has a sore tooth or if it's just the way he eats. I have noticed this, but I didn't think anything of it. She wants us to bring him in to X-ray his teeth in a few weeks to see if anything is wrong. *sigh*

While we were at the clinic we picked up more food for him, we paid the freaking expensive bill and we left.

When we got home, I looked over the bill and noticed that they charged for canine food, not feline. I had Josh call up and tell them, so now we have a bit of a credit on our account. Woo.

Deuce was a bit groggy for part of the day and he was extra-clingy, but overall he did very well. :)

11 comments:

Michelle said...

My dog is terrified of other people(besides us) and she growls and snarls and acts like she's going to bite them. I really need to get her into the vet. I went to one clinic and asked them what I should do and they told me to get a dog trainer. Well those are soooooo expensive! I am thinking that Valium(and possibly a muzzle) would be a cheaper route to go. Did your vet give you the Valium for Deuce? Maybe I should try another vet..........

Rhonda said...

Yes, our vet gave us the prescription for Deuce. It's a regular (human dose) of Valium 5mg. Thankfully though, we finally found a vet at this same clinic who knew how to handle him. :)

3D said...

Good to hear!

Keep smilin!

Debz said...

Love the graphics! Too funny.
That would be pretty wierd hearing a PA for an animal. I have a kid in my youth group with a rabbit named Askim....that might cause some confusion! LOl

MotherMotherOcean said...

Busy day for the cat. Glad he is checking out well.

crazylady said...

I tend to purrr a lot.
My breath stinks like fish too.
I can't lick myself though...yet.

Valium would help. Is rehab calling when we start taking our pets medications?

M and M said...

I am glad Deuce got a clean bill of health!

SurprisingWoman said...

I am a lurker but just had to comment on how cute your post was!

My baby get acne on occasion and I wipe his chin with epsom salts water, as warm as I can stand it, on a cotton ball and it clears it up beautifully. Maybe this would help your baby too. I am sure you already know to avoid plastic feeding bowls.

We adopted a kitty that was thrown out of a car window as a kitten and the vet that sewed her chin back together did her spay and took the stitches out of her chin after we adopted her. I told the vet that I thought she knew where she was and the vet made pshaw comments and told me I was imagining it. She remembered the vet and they had to use welders mitts to put her back in her cage. She was miserable. We haven't taken her to the vet for the last year and I am hoping that our "family doctor" won't have the same traumatic impact on her. Poor baby. She's the sweetest thing.

Dolores and Shawn said...

Glad to hear Deuce is doing well.

Michele said...

Good job Duece. No need to terrorize the great humans that are trying to take good care of you.

My Heart Beats In China said...

Hi Rhonda,
Just stopped by to say hello from the states and also to give you some encouragement during the wait for your DD.

Our LID was 10/06/06 and we traveled in Jan. 08 for our child. Please stop by and say hello.

It's finally snowing here!

Have a great day.

Ivy