Tuesday, November 7, 2017

A Scary Moment

Brulee in her Strawberry Red and Truffle in her True Violet Sleepypod Mobile Pet Beds

Brulee and Truffle went to the vet yesterday.  Mom Paula wanted to check on Brulee as a follow up to her trip to the emergency hospital last week and wanted to make sure Truffle was okay because she "wasn't herself."


It took Mom Paula a little longer to "capture" the girls to put them in their Sleepypod® Mobile Pet Beds because both were hiding because of the recent stress in the house because of Brulee's illness and Truffle's reaction to her. Even though the veterinary hospital is only 7 miles away from us, one never knows what the traffic will be like, so Mom Paula left about 15 minutes earlier than our scheduled appointment.

Just a little thought before our story - We couldn't wait to see the new True Violet limited edition Sleepypod Mobile Pet Bed and it didn't disappoint us. Even the vet tech made a comment about our new bed. Mom Paula truly believes our comfort in the Sleepypod beds help us remain calm and protected, even during a vet visit.  We'll share a lot more information in a few weeks during our holiday series.

The trip to the vet went well and traffic was light, so we arrived a early to our appointment. Our vet is a Cat Friendly Gold Practice so they usually get us to the back almost as soon as we arrive, but we had to wait a little bit this time since we were so early. Everything was fine until a young woman brought in her dog and proceeded to walk to our side of the empty waiting room and allowed her dog to come straight for our carriers. He wasn't being aggressive, just curious, but our eyes got really huge.  Mom Paula politely, but firmly, asked her to keep the dog away from our carriers because she didn't want to stress us (most cats are very stressed at a vet's office). The lady was very nice about it and even said, "I'll move to the other side because I don't know how he (the dog) will act towards cats. We exhaled a little bit and settled back down into our Sleepypods. A few minutes later, a young lady walked in with a rambunctious Golden Retriever on a loose leash. She allowed this cute dog to roam freely (full extension of the leash) while she checked in. She also decided to walk to our side of the waiting room and the playful retriever came right to Mom Paula, putting his face at her chest and began moving towards our carriers. Once again, Mom Paula asked her to keep the dog away from our carriers. This lady didn't respond and sat within about 5 feet of us with the dog.  Don't get us wrong - Mom Paula loves dogs - but we're not too fond of them and one never knows how a dog will react with cats who are strangers to them. Another important consideration for humans who bring their pets to the vet is to remember that one doesn't know what contagious disease other animals may have. Mom Paula kept close to us and monitored everything closely in case she had to react quickly. Everything was okay, but humans should be a little more considerate and careful when they have their pets around strange pets, especially in a vet's office. We'd love to hear from our dog blogging friends about this situation.  Mom Paula has met many of the dogs on her trips to BlogPaws and most are so well behaved!


What was that?!?

Our appointment time arrived and we were escorted back to our "cats only" examination room. Mom Paula opened the carriers so we could explore like we always do and all of a sudden, we heard this loud screeching noise from a dog outside our room.  Both of us made a quick dash under the back corner of the seats. The dog finally got quiet and Mom Paula coaxed us back out into the open and put us in our Sleepypods and closed the lid (she didn't zip it) and we settled down. When the vet came in, Mom Paula asked about the dog and the vet apologized.  She said the first thing she thought about when she heard the dog was the two of us in our cats only room. I asked if the dog was hurting and she said, "No, it was basically the owner's fault.  He was encouraging it because the dog was happy to see him." Dr. Keisler said she knew the two of us were in the room and felt so bad about the noise. The vets are trying to figure out ways to keep cats calm, but the original design of the hospital  was a U-shape and they can't keep things totally separate yet.  She told Mom Paula they are in discussions on how to truly keep the facility cat friendly.

We weren't as comfortable as we usually are in our examination room (Feliway diffusers in room), but we behaved for our examinations.  We'll share more about our visit tomorrow and talk about our Cat Friendly Hospital.

Have you had any experiences at the vet where you were a little fearful because of interactions with other pets, especially in the waiting room?  What do you do to make your pet comfortable and to keep others in the room safe?


P.S. Health wise, we are doing better, thank goodness!

40 comments:

  1. We're glad you are doing better. We're pretty lucky that we've never had woofies come up to us in the VET office.

    The Florida Furkids

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  2. We don't like it when dogs are in the vet waiting room either. Their humans need to make sure they keep the dogs under control...especially the barking.

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  3. It really is ALL about the owners.

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  4. People need to keep their dogs away from everyone at the vets, it's not a dog park. I've been guilty of this as well, but I do my absolute best to make sure my dog doesn't go near cats. Everyone is already stressed being at the vets, even if it's a routine visit. Veterinary places need to have signs asking people to not let their animals interact with other animals or people. You never know who's contagious.

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    1. The contagious aspect is reason enough to be concerned. When I took Brulee to the emergency clinic, they wouldn't even let her stay in the waiting room because of the fear of being contagious.

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  5. You shouldn't have to defend yourself by saying you love dogs, Paula. What the dog owner did is wrong - how you feel about dogs is irrelevant. We'll protect our furbabies no matter who or what is threatening them.

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    1. I didn't want people to think I was criticizing dogs.

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  6. It's really amazing how inconsiderate some people are of others. We've been lucky. Our vet's office is small and while dogs have been in the waiting room before we haven't had any close encounters. The day I adopted Mudpie at the shelter there were a ton of dogs barking in the background and that was really starting to freak her out though.

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    1. This was the first time in 6+ years that dogs were allowed to get close to the girls' carriers. One never knows what will happen, so I was concerned.

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  7. We are sorry for this experience that you all had at the Vet.
    Our Vet's office is small as well and anytime we have encountered dogs, they do not seem interested in us.The people are pretty good with the dogs and do keep them away from us.
    We believe that (dog) people should be considerate while at the Vet office.
    We are happy, though, that you two are OK!
    Purrs Georgia,Julie and JJ

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  8. Poor Admiral Hestorb had the most horrible of experiences. It is a very large animal hospital..5 vets there. They are dog centric..of that I can be certain. The waiting room is large and cavernous and the barking is loud and echoing all over. Admiral was so sick and she had to be terrorized by very large dogs on long long leads romping about in the waiting area..barking their teeth out. Scared her badly. Then those so-called techs who were just high school aged helpers. Admiral wrote about that and so did Katie. Once when Admiral was being taken care of by the vet, some loud barking right outside the exam door. the vet flew over and opened the door saying "I knew whose bark that was" and continued talking to the owner while my baby cowered and trembled in my arms. The office I now go to is very small and it is impossible to shield Katie from the dogs and their irresponsible owners. I like dogs too. I had one for years and years. I love on them up at the park. But stay away from my cat. Owners are not kind at all or considerate. Sorry. This turned into a too long reply. Just keep it back, if it's too too.

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    1. It's not all owners; just those few who leave a bad taste in your mouth.

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  9. I love my dog Theo immensely, but he has a barking problem. He barks at other dogs and people at the vet's office. Since I haven't figured out a way to stop him, I just open the door a crack and tell the receptionist that we are here and we wait outside. I think it is incredibly insensitive to shy animals to let a dog bark or sniff nearby. My old vet had a great set up with two different waiting areas separated by a half wall. I think it really helped to minimize stress for all the animals and people.

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    1. Thank you for being so considerate for others. I had a vet several years ago when I had Praline who had separate waiting room.

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  10. I sure am glad to hear the girls are okay, we were wondering. That is one thing we all like about our Vet, it's a cat only practice so nobody ever barks!

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  11. Brian, that cracked me up!! And Paula you are right. A few who leave a bad taste in your mouth. I was a little all inclusive there. ��

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  12. How scary! We go to a cat only practice. But today I went to a vet and there were dogs there. I didn't like it at all. When Mommy asked if there was a separate waiting area for cats the lady behind the desk looked at her like she was weird. Some nerve!

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  13. The dog owner was very rude. I have had big dogs go to the cat carrier as they pull the owner along, but I picked up the carrier and made it pretty clear that I was annoyed.

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  14. As therapy pets, when two teams are working together, the dogs, or dog and cat, or cats (yes, I've done visits with the other kitty in the program!) are supposed to be kept at least 6 feet apart - and we are healthy, well-trained animals. So it goes without saying that in a veterinary office, with not-so well trained, possibly contagious animals are congregating, they should be kept as far from each other as possible. And that's before even taking into account the stress a dog might cause an already stressed out kitty! Humans need to be more aware of what their dogs are doing at the clinic.

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  15. I'm so sorry you encountered inconsiderate dog owners at the vet. My vet has cat-only days, which make a world of difference. Even though my cats live with 3 dogs, an unfamiliar doggo can be scary. Maybe you can ask your vet to test out some dog-free times?
    —Purrs (and wags) from Life with Dogs and Cats

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  16. I'm so sorry you had such a bad experience with clueless, careless dog owners. They're the ones that make the rest of us look bad. I hate when other people let their dogs get in my dogs face at the vet, let alone my cat! That's just so inconsiderate and frankly dangerous! Not to mention that the animals there are most likely not feeling well, can be contagious, and are most likely stressed already just being at the vet in the first place. Irresponsible owners must make matters worse. I hope your next visit is more peaceful and the girls are right as rain soon!

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  17. Glad to hear you girls are doing better! I'm sorry to hear you had such trouble with dogs at the vet though. People do need to be more considerate. We never let our dog go up to a cat in the vet's waiting room, because we wouldn't want a strange dog wandering up to one of our cats and making them more nervous than they already are.

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  18. You ladies had quite the adventure. Thankful that you have such a loving Mom to care about you and a great vet that is mindful of your stress levels!

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  19. Oh I remember seeing your FB post picture. Now it all makes sense! I've been there before. Waiting in the vet office and them you hear the yelping or carrying on in a patient room and the whole office gets tense. Yes. I don't understand why some pet parents don't have more consideration of other pet parents in the waiting room. People need to respect others personal space. I'm just glad you all are doing better. Look forward to seeing details on your next post.

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  20. Poor Truffle and Brulee, what a clueless owner! I always make sure to keep my dogs far away from any kitties in a Vet's office, that's just common sense. Actually, I always try to keep my dogs away from other dogs there as well because as you said they could be ill and contagious. Keeping your dog at a safe distance from all people and other pets until you're certain a greeting is welcome is very important and is being courteous to others - unless you're in a dog park then all bets are off! I hope everything is ok with Brulee. *Hugs*
    Love & Biscuits,
    Dogs Luv Us and We Luv Them

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    1. I know you and most of my BlogPaws friends are great dog owners and are alert to things around them. This is the first time this has ever happened at my vet and 2 different dogs/owners within 10 minutes.

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  21. Cookie gets very upset if she hears dogs crying in other rooms etc. She is very sensitive to such things.

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  22. I make sure Mr. N stays away from all other animals while we're at the vet. I don't want him getting riled up and I don't want him to stress anyone else out either!

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  23. I'm so glad you're both okay. I would never let my dog Soldier go near another pet at the veterinarian's office. No one is at their best in a place like that - you're either scared, sick, nervous or all three. It doesn't lead to bonding moments, and a change in a pet's personality can be sudden when something unexpected happens.

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  24. I am so sorry about the scary moment and am happy everyone is okay. Love the new carrier color - just awesome

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  25. Our vet is also a Cat Friendly Practice (silver). There is a separate waiting room for us kitties, but the reception desk is in the doggy area so we have to pass through it. Sometimes it is so crowded it is hard to get through. And we can still hear the dogs barking in our room. Some owners don't even try to control them. It is very annoying. Mom keep us in our sleepy pods, zipped up tight if there are lots of dogs around. Our poem for tomorrow is about going to the vet. We'll look forwrad to hearing how Brûlée is doing. XOCK, Lily Olivia, Mauricio, Misty May, Giulietta, angel Fiona, Astrid, Lisbeth, Calista Jo and Cooper Murphy

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  26. Well furstly, we luv dat violet sleepy pod. We so want one of those. Anyways, ya'll are so very lucky to have a V E T dat cares at all. And your mommy met BP doggies without a kitty attached, cuz me and sis Lexi didn't find da doggies at BP well behaved at all. And furthermore, their humans were quite rude and acted like we were an intrusion dat should tolerate their chargin', barkin, sniffin' and sometimes growlin' on and off leash furry kids. We so hope to go to BP this year, but we now know what to expect. It's kind'a like goin' to our V E T. Mommy just has to be stern with da D O G's and their owners and not take any bull. And, cuz we're Service cats, we're very well behaved and used to chaos. Anyways, we're glad ya'll are doin' betterl. Big hugs and purrayers.

    Luv ya'

    Dezi and Raena

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  27. This article brings up a lot of good points. It is so important to keep pets separate in a veterinary waiting room. As you said, unknown diseases is one reason. But secondly, it dogs make a big difference for a lot of animals stress levels. Many cats don't like dogs or other cats. And some dogs don't like other dogs either. Keeping pets close and under control while waiting for a room can ease the stress for everyone in the clinic.

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  28. So glad you were firm with the dog owners who were oblivious to your royal cats and their desire for harmony. Vet hospitals should definitely have separate seating areas for dog and cats so the cats are not upset when they see the vet. Stay well...

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  29. Aw you poor things! I can only imagine how scary that is for something that huge and loud to be near you! I am on the other end of that, I get anxious when there are other dogs that come in to the vets while I am there and will growl and make noises at them but I sit very close to mommy and away from everybody and everything else, under the chair if I can get my big butt back that far. I only do it because I am scared too but the vet techs now know that I can't see anybody else that comes in while I'm there so they either close doors or shuffle one of us into a room.

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  30. Our vet has a U shaped front area too, so they installed a door on one side and put up a wall so there is now a “cat entrance”, and a “dog entrance”. It’s perfect! They use the rooms on the left as cat rooms, and the right are dog rooms!

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  31. Typical clueless dog owners. I'm glad we don't have to drive 7 miles to the vet, but only 2 blocks because Rhette is a real howler. My dogs aren't interested in cats in carriers and if they were I'd keep them away. Our vet's office is pretty cramped with a small waiting room and only 2 exam rooms. My old cat Peaches was never scared, just mad as hell and was usually the only cat there so the manager would put us in their office sometimes. I hope the girls are okay! Sandra and Dolly

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  32. This is such a pet peeve of my daughter's and mine - when we take our Huskies to the vet, they are so well-behaved and we teach them to stay...and always *always* someone comes in with one of those retractable leashes let out and their dog comes rushing in and right on over to my dogs. One had just had surgery and I was body blocking the dog so he wouldn't get injured from the jumping over-excited dog. The owner - oblivious. Laughing. "Oh, she just loves other dogs." I had to say mine don't (a lie, they love other dogs, but I was so annoyed), and I also had to point out the obvious (with bandages and all) that my dog had an injury could they keep their dog away. "Oh, what happened?" with their dog still extended out on the leash... I had to physically protect my boy. This happens way too often. So glad your girls are okay!

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  33. So glad you are doing better. Going to the vet is a nightmare with Kilo the Pug. He is terrified of people and other dogs and can be reactive. I have switched to a vet an hour away his rescue uses as they will make a time when the place is empty and are kind to him and give him time to smell them etc. Reminds me we need an appointment.

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