Thursday, November 9, 2017

Results from the Vet Visit - Thankful Thursday

We promised we'd give you an update on our vet visit from Monday and everything went pretty well (except for the incidents with the dogs).
Truffle being examined by Dr. Keisler


Cherokee Trail Veterinary Hospital

Cherokee Trail Veterinary Hospital is an American Association of Feline Practitioners (AAFP) Cat Friendly Practice®. The goal of this program is to make visits to the vet less stressful for both cats, their humans, and the veterinary staff. Cherokee Trail Veterinary Hospital is also AAHA accredited and working on their veterinarians and other staff to earn their Fear Free Certification.  Cherokee Trail isn't a "cats only" hospital, so it means a lot that they are making the effort to make trips to the vet for cats and their owners less stressful.  Mom Paula took Sweet Praline to the only "cats only" vet near us, but she had some weird experiences with one of the vets and some of the staff, so she chose not to continue with them when we came. Mom Paula researched several animal hospitals near us and chose Cherokee Trail after talking to the office manager on the phone, touring the hospital prior to making her choice, and talking with others. 


Providing Feliway and towels in the lobby for stressed cats

We've noticed a few changes in the hospital since they became a Cat Friendly Practice. First, they try to set up appointments at a time when there aren't a lot of dogs and once you arrive, they get you back to the examination rooms as soon as possible. When we went in for our appointment this time, they had set up a basket with Feliway and towels on an end table so people could spray the towels to place them over the carrier. Two examination rooms have been set up as cats only rooms and there are Feliway diffusers in the room along with warm towels on the cold metal tables. We've noticed only a couple of different vet techs/assistants have worked with us, so we wonder if they've chosen techs who are better with cats. Mom Paula was able to interview one of the owner veterinarians recently and once she listens to the recording, will share information from that interview.

We were thrilled Dr. Keisler was back working. She'd been gone several months because her daughter was in a major accident and Dr. Keisler went to take care of her. Dr. Keisler used to work in a cats only clinic and she always takes time to listen, research questions, and talk with Mom Paula.


Truffle

Truffle getting weighed

Truffle was examined first. Mom Paula decided to have her checked out because her right eye was draining a little more than usual a couple of days ago, which usually is a sign of a viral infection. Truffle also hadn't been quite herself. Truffle weighed 8 pounds and her temperature was 102.10, which was within the normal range. Her BAR was mm pink and moist. Her CRT was less than 2 seconds and BCS was 3/5. Everything else was normal. Dr. Keisler said Truffle's eye drainage was probably from dust, but she did give us another prescription for some Terramycin ointment for those times Truffle needs it. Dr. Keisler said Truffle was probably acting a little odd because Brulee was sick; she said the Clavamox Brulee was taking did have an odor. Truffle got a little hug and was placed back in her Sleepypod® where she was comfortably resting while Brulee was examined.

Brulee

Brulee being examined by Dr. Keisler

Brulee weighed 8.31 pounds, which was down a little bit from her emergency room visit. We wonder if the change was because of her movement in the scales more than a loss of weight because of her illness. Brulee's BAR was MM pink and moist. Her CRT was less than 2 seconds and the BCS was 3/5.  She had a mile serous ocular discharge OD, but no squinting noted (Brulee always has eye discharge because of her flat Persian face). Dr. Keisler noted on Brulee's chart that she was moderately brachycephatic with mild malocclusion, which is typical for Persians. Everything else was normal. Dr. Keisler said URIs are viral, but vets usually give an antibiotic because of potential secondary bacterial infections. She recommended discontinuing the Clavamox since Brulee wasn't showing any secondary infections and appeared to be a little nauseated because of the medication. She said if Brulee got worse, she would recommend Convenia. Dr. Keisler was happy to hear that Brulee had an appetite because most cats with URIs didn't have an appetite because they couldn't smell their food.

Truffle relaxing in her Sleepypod® while Brulee explored the examination room

Dr. Keisler said both girls were doing well. Brulee was due her distemper shot, but it was decided we'd wait until her next 6 month checkup since Brulee was recuperating from her illness.  Mom Paula and Dr. Keisler spent several minutes discussing the girls' vaccination plan, issues with Persians, Upper Respiratory Infections (URIs), and Vaccine Associated Sarcomas (VAS) and Feline Injection Site Sarcomas (FISS). They also talked about what was being done at the hospital to make it more cat friendly.

Since neither of the girls were really sick, Dr. Keisler let this be a wellness visit and there was no charge (except for the medication for Truffle's eye) since it would be part of our Wellness Plan.

The drive home was very calm. There is something about the new True Violet Sleepypod® that was calming for Truffle.  She usually meows all the way home from the vet, but she was totally quiet! 

We're so thankful everything went well on this vet visit.

32 comments:

  1. I'm glad everything turned out okay.

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  2. I'm glad that the girls' vet visit went well. This sounds like a good practice.

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  3. A cat only room would be wonderful! Hope more vets start this.

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  4. That sounds like a good place and a very caring Vet. We are sure glad both beauties are doing godd. Thanks for joining the Thankful Thursday Blog Hop!

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  5. So glad it went well.

    Sounds like a great vet practice. Just wish we could find a cat friendly clinic near us.

    Purrs xx
    Athena and Marie

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  6. I am glad the vet visit went well. The vet sounds very nice.

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  7. Oh sweet lady furr-iends! The V-E-T seems to be popular with us as of late, but I know our humans think it best to take us in when they do. That is sure nice that your clinic is so-o empathetic to the needs of its kitty clients with towels & such. Brûlée, I am so glad you have an appetite & that you don't have an infection. Healing purrs. -Valentine (& Mom) of Noir Kitty Mews

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  8. We're glad the girls checked out good!

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  9. I wish I had a cat friendly clinic near me.

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  10. Girls, VERY good. You had me a bit concerned. I so wish there was a cat friendly practice here. The nearest is 40 minutes at lest, away. That's not good for winter traveling (we have snow and ice storms) or when she's sick. I am grateful your girls do have such a good place to go.

    Katie and I got our calendar today. It is beautiful!!

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  11. We're glad everything went well. Purrs

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  12. We're glad to hear everything went well on your vet visit! When I went to the vet this week there were D.O.G.S. in the waiting room and I didn't like it at all! It made me like our cat only vet even more.

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  13. Your photos are outstanding! Your Brulle weighs the same as one of my Chihuahuas. :0 . I'm glad your beautiful cats are doing well!

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  14. I took Bear was his yearly wellness visit Wednesday - and it was ironic we'd discussed dogs at the vet on Facebook because we encountered FOUR in the waiting room. Usually we get taken back quickly ... but not so this time. Instead the receptionist processed out a pair of Great Pyrenees and two huge retrievers. It made me mad that no one seemed to be aware of what Bear was feeling. I covered his carrier with my coat. In retrospect, I wish I'd taken him in an exam room and closed the door. We carry on about cute dogs - but unfortunately, our felines don't see the charm.

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  15. It's nice that the vet you like is back. Sounds like the girls had a good visit aside from the dogs. Hope her eye heals up fast!

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  16. Sounds like all good news. Yeah! XOCK, Lily Olivia, Mauricio, Misty May, Giulietta, angel Fiona, Astrid, Lisbeth, Calista Jo and Cooper Murphy

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  17. I'm glad they are both doing well! Our vet sees both dogs and cats, but they always bring us right in a room instead of waiting in the waiting area with other dogs. This helps both Rosie (our kitty) and Ruby (our dog)- she is nervous around other dogs.

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  18. Happy to hear they're both doing well. Having a fear-free clinic is awesome. Jasmine's vet was running a fear-free practice long before it was a thing.

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  19. I'm glad that they are both doing so well! It sounds like your vet really cares about the welfare of her clients,both physically and emotionally. My mom's cat used to have be sedated for her exams, but my cat (same vet) is very comfortable there.

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  20. I am so happy all is good as that I am sure takes a weight off your shoulders

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  21. Yeay! I'm glad everything went okay at the vet. I can really appreciate a nice caring veterinarian too. Way to go. Those sleepy pods are a thing of wonder. I've only heard great things.

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  22. I'm so happy Brulee's visit went so well, you're such a good Cat Mom! You'r Vet seems wonderful, you and the girls are lucky to have her.
    Love & Biscuits,
    Dogs Luv Us and We Luv Them

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  23. So glad that the little girls had a smooth visit to the vet and had no major issues. They look so cute in their sleepypods!

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  24. Happy to hear that the girls are doing well. I have never heard of "Cat only" practices or rooms. That is amazing. I wish more Vets did that. THe Sleepypod looks wonderful and comfortable! I can see why she loves it.

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  25. Glad everything was okay and it wasn't more serious! I like that they started putting the towels and spray out, what a great idea!

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  26. Oh my...no charge because of a Wellness plan? Tell us more. So glad your vet takes the time to discuss the pros and cons and did not give a vaccine to your recovering kitty...sounds like you are in the right place with them. Just thinking of the Sleepypod makes me sleepy too ;-)

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  27. I'm glad that the girls are doing well! Brulee's URI must have been a tough one. I'm glad that she is recovering well. It sounds like your veterinarian goes out of their way to make things comfortable for cats that visit them.
    -Purrs from your friends at www.PlayfulKitty.net

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  28. That's great this practice is 'cat friendly'. I had no idea cats with URIs can't smell their food - interesting. I'm glad the girls are okay and nice that you weren't charged for your visit.

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  29. Wonderful post! How great that they are making it more cat friendly. I love that they are incorporating a calming basket and a Feliway diffusers. That is such a great idea! :)

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  30. What a relief! I’m so happy both cats are on the mend and healthy. Definitely a testament to the love and care they receive by you and the veterinary staff.

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