Those Unplanned Trips to the Vet
Yesterday I had a vet appointment for Scooter's annual shots and exam. I would never remember to schedule an appointment but for the reminder card the clinic sends out.
I really didn't want to go on a Saturday, as I've been wiped out lately and wanted to simply catch up on SLEEP during my two, all-too-short days off. But the only alternative was to drop Scooter off on my way to work and have The Boss pick him up. I decided to simply get it over with and go on Saturday.
On the previous Thursday, I noticed Zoe was licking her butt a bit too much. When I lifted the tail to check, I noticed some blood. A few years ago Zoe had an infected anal gland that burst, which was nasty because it caused a nasty "hole" back there that I had to squeeze antibiotic oinment into. I also noticed when picking up doggie diamonds in the yard that there was a bit of blood there as well.
So, I called to see if I could bring Zoe along for a check. Taking one dog a busy Saturday is bad enough, let alone two, but they were good and I didn't have to wait too long. Scooter got his shots, check and bloodwork to check his liver enzyme levels, something that has to be done regularly since he's on phenobarbytol for his seizures.
Then the vet tech tells me their records show Zoe hasn't been in since 2005! I thought that had to be IMPOSSIBLE! With 5 pets it seems like I'm always there! I guess Zoe fell through the cracks and I didn't get any reminder card, and if I don't get a card, I can't keep track. Good thing rabies shots are good for 3 years despite the fact Tennessee requires it be given annually (but that's anothoer topic).
So, Zoe had to get all of her vaccines and check up, and to boot, she had to get gloved fingers up in her nether region. Her anal gland is infected (thank God it didn't burst!) so she is on antibiotics for 10 days and also a pain meds for the discomfort (I already had some on hand). She also has to go back for a check on Tuesday, which means I drop off, The Boss picks up. The vet said I could also hold a warm compress on her butt to help with discomfort, so I told The Boss he had to hold a warm washcloth on Zoe's butt for an hour every night! LOL. He falls for this every time and gets all mad, becuase "you know I won't do that!" YES, I do know that, and that's why I tease him about it and I always get a rise. When will he learn?"
So, as you can imagine, my bill for the day was quite a bit more than I expected.
This serves a lesson, just like it did with Tina when she noticed the golden pups weren't quite right. She didn't hesitate and took them in, therefore saving their lives. Any waiting and all most likely would have died. And if I didn't decide to take Zoe in for a check, her gland infection would have got worse, burst and it would have been more painful for her (and me!).
So pay attention to those subtle signs and act. Always better safe than sorry!
Picture above is Freeway, my friend Laura's dog whom she adopted before she adopted Scooter, at the Humane Society before he went home with his new Mommny. She is a great, good, loving dog, and through her, I met Laura (and ended up with Scooter). Must take the good with the bad! LOL. One day I must tell the exact story of how Scooter was the chosen one for Laura and a companion to Freeway. One of those fate stories!
posted by Sandy at 2/10/2008 03:33:00 PM