Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Vet Visit

Mom Paula surprised us by coming home early yesterday afternoon.  We eagerly rushed to the front door to greet her, thinking we were going to have a long afternoon nap together.  To our shock and horror, she stuffed both of us in our PTUs and off to Cherokee Trail Veterinary Hospital we went.
Truffle wants to know why Brulee gets the sleepypod®.

You can relax.  There is nothing wrong with us.  It was time for Brulee's annual checkup.  Mom Paula is now taking both of us for any vet appointments so we don't have so many problems with the strange smells on one of us after a visit.  Next year, she's moving both of our appointments to the same time.  Brulee was the lucky (?) one and was able to have the sleepypod® since she was the one actually visiting the vet.  Truffle was able to travel in a new carrier, but she said it wasn't as nice as her sleepypod®.  One of these first days, we'll get a second one, so both us can travel in comfort, familiarity, and style.
Brulee prefers the cold scale to the warm blanket.

As soon as Mom Paula put Brulee on the table, she settled on the warm blanket.  That is, until Mom Paula put Truffle on the table and Brulee immediately went to the cold scales and settled in.  Truffle has been a little of a bully lately and Brulee chose to move away from her.  Mom Paula felt sorry for Brulee, so she took Truffle off the table (Truffle was also a little nervous on the table).
Brulee getting examined by Dr. Keisler

Brulee is usually very comfortable and relaxed at the vet.  Not yesterday!  She hissed when she had to get her temperature taken.  She hissed when Dr. Keisler had to give her a shot of Benadryl to pre-treat her prior to her rabies shot.  This was a first for Brulee.  She's never hissed at the vet and especially with Dr. Keisler.  Dr. Keisler quickly deduced that Brulee didn't like being bothered in her "comfort zone" in the scales.  They took her out of the scales and placed her on the warm blanket and tried to calm her down by talking to her and giving her all kinds of kitty love.  Brulee didn't believe them for one minute and when Dr. Keisler went to give her the rabies shot (required in SC), Brulee not only hissed, she growled!  Truffle quickly took cover for the smaller carrier.
Truffle:  "I'm out of here!"

Truffle watched safely from the smaller carrier while Brulee was examined.  Brulee weighed 8.25 pounds and checked out wonderfully.  Mom Paula and Dr. Keisler talked in detail about possible bloodwork and dental cleaning next year since they'd be 5 years old.  They also had some nice, informative discussions about the pros and cons of microchipping and feeding raw food.
Truffle listening to the discussions from the safety of her smaller carrier.

The vet said both girls looked great and that she thought it would be a good idea to have our examinations at the same time in the future.  Mom Paula paid the bill and put us safely in the car, where we both serenaded her all the way home.  Mom Paula stayed home the rest of the day with us so she could watch Brulee to make sure she didn't have any side effects from the shot.  She did feed us and you should have seen Brulee inhaling her food.  Mom Paula wonders if the Benadryl caused the intense hunger.  Everyone is okay and it's back to the pampered life at Casa de Sweet Purrfections.
Brulee:  "Can we go home now?"

We really do like Dr. Keisler and the other vets at Cherokee Trail Veterinary Hospital.  At least, as much as you can like a vet after getting stuck with a needle.  Dr. Keisler even commented that the kitties were always comfortable and loving until they had to get shots and that eventually turned cats off to visiting them.  She felt bad that Brulee was stressed yesterday.  Dr. Keisler used to work in an all cats clinic and she's working on getting Cherokee Trail more cat friendly.  Cherokee Trail Veterinary Hospital is also AAHA accredited, which is very important to Mom Paula.  

22 comments:

  1. I bet you girls are glad that visit is over! I had my rabies shot last week, and I didn't have a reaction from it, luckily. I need to make sure I'm up on my vaccines if I want to be a therapy cat.

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  2. Thank cod that's over. You girls handled it like pros.

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  3. The best part of the check up is going home!
    We like our Vet, but do not like the check up part.
    Glad you are OK Brulee.
    Purrs Georgia and Julie,
    Treasure and JJ

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  4. Brulee, you tell that vet. You should have heard Cousin Shep at the vet over the weekend. He growled from the moment he got out of the carrier to the moment he was let back in. Somekitties like you and Shep just have to tell the vet what they think of them.

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  5. Usually the only time we both go to the vets together is when it's time for our annual stabbings.
    Luv Hannah and Lucy xx xx

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  6. I had to go to the vet with Gemini because the woman thinks I am losing weight. And I did but I passed the blood test. Believe me, it will be harder to find me next time she brings those carriers out. Making her search for 20 minutes was clearly not enough...

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  7. yep - nothing worse than the stabby place

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  8. We're glad THAT is over for a year!

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  9. We're glad everything went well and is OK. Purrs

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  10. Hooray, it's over and you two pretty girls done good!

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  11. glad all went well!
    Cody has only had a vaccine reaction when he was given two at once, will NEVER do that again!
    catchatwithcarenandcody

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    1. That's probably what actually happened with Brulee, but we've decided not to take any chances.

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  12. I'm glad to hear that you both are okay. It sounds like you have a great veterinarian. It is so nice to have a doctor that you like. I hope you both get some great rest after your adventure.
    - Purrs from your friends at www.PlayfulKitty.net

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  13. We only have to go to the vet office if something is wrong with one of us, so we know if we are there, it is not going to be fun. Our vet is also trying to make their offices more cat friendly. We are so happy that our vet comes to the house for the once yearly visit for all of us. So happy both girls are healthy. XOCK, Lily Olivia, Mauricio, Misty May, Giulietta, Fiona, Astrid, Lisbeth and Calista Jo

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  14. I am glad your vet visit went well. I used to growl and hiss at my old vet, but I like the one I see now. He gives me treats for being a big brave boy.

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  15. So glad to hear that all is well! Mudpie weighs just a couple more ounces than you do, Brulee ;)

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  16. I am surprised that Truffle didn't steal the Sleepy Pod while she had the chance. I am glad everything went well.

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  17. We got off-schedule with the vet visits, but TBT is getting us back together. He says it is more trouble fer one day, but less trouble than 2 days.

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  18. We're glad Brulee checked out good...but we're sorry she was a little stressed out. Do you think it may be because Truffle was there too and for some reason she wasn't comfortable? Just a thought.

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    1. Brulee was fine the last time when Truffle was getting examined. However, when I put Truffle on the table and she was a little nervous, I think that rubbed off on Brulee. Still working out the kinks of these vet visits. They didn't used to be a problem.

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  19. A nice blankie to sit on? That sounds better than the cold metal table. I must insist on this at my next vet visit. I usually do really well, no hissing or growling. Derby on the other hand was a handful on his visits.

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