Friday, March 10, 2017

Traveling Together to the Vet

When one of us goes to the vet, the other also goes along for the ride.  Why would Mom Paula do this?
Truffle and Brulee in their Sleepypods

Two years ago Brulee was so sick that she had to be rushed to the emergency vet two times.  Both times she stayed in the back of the hospital for several hours with all of those smells.  When she came home, Truffle was stressed because she didn't recognize the smell of Brulee.  This was the first time it had happened when one or the other went to the vet alone.  It took Truffle almost a week to recognize and "accept" Brulee again.  That summer, Truffle had to be taken to the vet quickly because of an infection in her eye.  Brulee stayed home.  When Mom Paula brought Truffle back, Brulee then had a hissy fit and it took several days for the two to accept each other again.  After three times of this happening, Mom Paula decided that both of us would always travel to the vet together.
Truffle and Brulee in the car

We travel in safety and style in our Sleepypod® Mobile Pet Bed.  We've talked about the Sleepypod® in previous post and shared it's safety in crash tests.  The photo above is the incorrect way to carry the girls in the car.  Mom Paula put us this way until she could clean out the back seat for one of the carriers.  Each Sleepypod is attached by the seatbelt through two loops.  Mom Paula usually puts Truffle in the front seat because she sings to her all the way to the vet.  Brulee just curls up and sleeps on the way to the vet.
Waiting to see the vet

Once we arrive at the vet, Mom Paula opens the lid of the Sleepypod and lets us roam around or stay inside, whichever we prefer.  Usually, we stay inside the Sleepypod or on the examination table until the vet comes in, but this time, we wanted to roam around.  Brulee was taken to the back room to have blood drawn (the vets explain that cats tend to be more calm with this procedure when their human isn't around), so Truffle and Mom Paula waited.  Truffle didn't want to stay in the examination table this time and preferred to roam.  Mom Paula did hold her on the table for a few minutes because she found a black bump on Truffle's shoulder this weekend, which freaked her out.  All she could think of was the Big C because Truffle's littermate, Beignet, died from a sarcoma.  Mom Paula checked the bump every day and it appeared to be decreasing, so she felt a little better.
Truffle's bump

When Mom Paula rubbed her finger over the bump, the black part came off, so she assumed it was a scab from a tussle between Truffle and Brulee.  She wet the fur over the bump so she could show it to Dr. Hansche when he came in because it's difficult to find once the fur is in place.  Dr. Hansche inspected the bump and said it appeared to be a "war wound" from Brulee.  He asked me, "what was your first thought when you saw it?"  I replied, "cancer."  He assured me it was nothing, but said it was a good thing I had him to check it out.
Brulee being examined

Dr. Hansche then examined Brulee.  He said she did well with drawing the blood.  Brulee now weighs 8.6 pounds, which is a little surprising because silver shaded Persians are usually between 5-7 pounds.  Brulee isn't fat; she just has that cobby Persian body.  Her teeth looked great, all vitals were normal, and the bloodwork came back normal.  Dr. Hansche always says how much he loves the girls and even offered to trade his 4 dogs for Truffle and Brulee.  Mom Paula laughed at him.
Dr. Hansche with Truffle and Brulee

Mom Paula loves how Dr. Hansche will pick up both girls and snuggle with them.  Our veterinary hospital, Cherokee Trail Veterinary Hospital, recently received the AAFP designation of  Cat Friendly Practice Gold.  Mom Paula is scheduled to interview one of the vets on March 30 about this designation and we'll share the interview with you.  We love that our vet is both AAHA accredited and an AAFP Cat Friendly Practice.  We don't really like going to the vet, but we're happy that when we do, we have wonderful people taking care of us.
Brulee exploring the examination room
We already have pet insurance through Trupanion, which covers illness, accidents, and medication.  It doesn't cover the vet fee or our Revolution treatment.  Cherokee Trail now offers a wellness program which covers two office visits a year with the vet's fee, a year of Revolution, bloodwork, and other things.  Mom Paula chose to enroll Brulee in this program and will enroll Truffle when she goes back for her annual checkup.  All in all, everything went well at the vet.

Truffle was a little hissy for a couple of days because Brulee smelled different from getting her blood drawn (alcohol?).

24 comments:

  1. We're do glad the girls are doing well! Great job, girls!

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  2. I am glad that bump was just from a tussle. Why can't we get a nice man vet? All the vets at our clinic are female.

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  3. We're so glad it's a war wound and not something serious! You girls did wonderful at the vet! Mommy can only take two of us if she has help, so we've been going separately.

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  4. Excellent (I'm traveling a lot)!

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  5. You two have to be the prettiest patients they have!

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  6. Good to know they're doing so well, and that look of "we are not amused" while the vet is holding them is priceless. I love, love, love the carriers/pods. So much more stylish than the boring old crates we have. They look so sturdy and spacious and yes I'll say it...fashionable!!

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  7. Whenever Ernie goes to the vet, Wally has to go too. Otherwise, when Ernie comes home, Wally is very hissing and will fight with Ernie. But it doesn't work the other way around. When Wally goes to the vet, Ernie never has to go along. When Wally comes home, everybuddy is fine.

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  8. Sparkle had to go to the vet with Binga and Boodie because she would get ballistic if they came home smelling like the vet. I love that your vet adores the girls!

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  9. I've been looking at wellness plans too but I don't know if it's worth it coupled with the insurance. Hope it works well for you!

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  10. We usually take the kitties in together, too. Your vet looks wonderful - can tell he really loves them!

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  11. Oh look at him loving on those girls!

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  12. Our vet hospital also has those accreditations, which makes our humans very happy. We love the photo of the vet and the girls. So happy both are okay. XOCK, Lily Olivia, Mauricio, Misty May, Giulietta, Angel Fiona, Astrid, Lisbeth, Calista Jo and Cooper Murphy

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  13. That is such a great idea to take them together, less stress on all. I love those sleepy pod carriers, would love to get one for my Chi. Happy that they both got good checkups!

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  14. Isn't it weird how the cats act so strangely when one of them has been to the Vet alone? I once tried to put my two cats in a carrier together for a trip to the Vet. Bad Idea!! The two cats who snuggled together all day long immediately began to fight! It took them several hours to reconcile. It freaked me out! We didn't make it to the Vet that day. After that I always put them in separate carriers. You're smart to bring them together and to have separate carriers.
    Love & Biscuits,
    Dogs Luv Us and We Luv Them

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  15. So glad that lump was not the big C. What a relief you checked. I love those Sleepy Pod Pet Beds/Carriers. They look stylish, comfy and safe. We had 4 rescue cats in Chile. They were all a little wild but I never noticed them hissy if one went to the vet- sounds like a good plan to take your girls together. I usually took our dogs Cookie and Isabelle together except in emergencies.

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  16. I am so glad kitty is okay!! I think your idea of taking BOTH to the vet when only one needs to go is a genius idea!
    I also am wanting to get my cats those pet bed carries! They are so much safer than what we use.

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  17. Good job, ladies! The vet's office is filled with weird smells, but many of them are good because they'll help make you feel better. I don't like going to the doctor, either :)

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  18. Glad that all is well. We are glad that we don't all have to go to the vet with one another... that would be one chaotic visit with 6 cats at a time! MOL! It sounds like you've got an awesome vet. We really love ours too. He isn't AAFP accredited, but he is AAHA accredited.

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  19. So glad everything was OK. What a scare these babies put us through. We too have pet insurance...thank goodness! It saves us thousands of dollars.

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  20. It's always disconcerting to find lumps and I'm so glad that everything turned out well! Your vet looks like a true animal lover! I can't wait for Sleepy Pods to come out with a large, wheeled version for bigger dogs ;-)

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  21. I'm so glad that the little black bump was just a scab. Whew! I would have been scared too. Manna and Dexter always travel to the vet together as well. I learned the same lesson as you did when I tried taking Manna and Cinco separately. It is so much easier just to pack everyone up and go together!
    -Purrs from your friends at www.PlayfulKitty.net

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  22. I am glad everything went well. It sounds like you have an awesome vet! It is really important to find someone who likes your pet. I wish my vet office was more user friendly. The staff is great, but there is just one waiting room and only one entrance. It makes it tough for those of us who don't have super mellow pets. It makes sense to take both cats to help minimize the stress.

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  23. So glad to hear they are doing well!!

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