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Every year is that crazy annual vet visit to get shots and exams and all that stuff. (Scroll over pictures to see what we are thinking.) Mom takes us all together for multiple reasons: (1) to get it over with, (2) because maybe we will support each other, and (3) because she gets a 10% discount on the tremendous bill when she brings in all 3 of us.
Peanut helped Mom this year because we are getting stubborn as we get older and are a lot to handle.
We are 10, 11, and 13, so there is more to check on. Lulu is going to have some surgery tomorrow to take those cysts off her head, ears, and face. Mom thinks it is best because they bleed a lot.
Charles has developed a tremor with this head which we think could be coming from his neck. Sofie continues to have massive anxiety and digestive issues. And Lulu is doing OK with her IBD, arrhythmia, and pancreatitis. Mom says that feeding time for us and the cats is like working in a hospital ward with all the different pills and powders. She is proud of us and says we take our medicine much better than the cats do (but we are not sure that is saying much).
What kind of mischief did you get into today?
Charles here. The other day, Mom took me to the Pet Doctor to get my yearly checkup and vaccinations. I was scared at first but it really didn’t hurt and there are so many good reasons why I need to have vaccines. Mom is very conservative when it comes to putting stuff in our system, so she does a thing called a TITER, if possible, to see if I still have immunity from the last shot. If so, we wait. There are a lot of things that can protect me from getting horrible diseases. I get 4 core vaccines: distemper, infectious hepatitis, parvovirus, and rabies.
- Vaccinations protect me from getting diseases like rabies, which I can get from other animals.
- Vaccines protect me from airborne viruses like distemper, parvovirus, coronavirus (yes we get a Corona too), infectious canine hepatitis, bordetella, parainfluenza.
- There are also vaccines for things like Lyme disease (which I had when Mom first rescued me), which comes from ticks, and leptospirosis, from wild animals.
To determine what vaccines I need, Mom and the Vet, base it on 3 things:
- My Age – puppies need a lot of stuff to help their bodies build up resistance to certain bugs, but adults, like me, only need an occasional booster shot.
- Where we live – our luck is that the mid-Atlantic is rampant with ticks. This could mean Lyme disease and a whole host of other tick-borne diseases.
- Lifestyle: I am never boarded, I don’t go to day-care or the dog park, so my exposure to things like ‘kennel cough (bordetella), is low.
Don’t forget the Cats who should get some core vaccines too. They are different than us dogs. The need at a minimum: Feline herpesvirus-1/feline viral rhinotracheitis (Which Noel has. When Mom rescued her she was seriously ill), Calicivirus, and Panleukopenia. If they go outside, they need more things like Rabies and FIV (Feline Immunodeficiency Virus).
Many Vets and Clinics offer low-cost, sometimes even free, vaccinations.
Take care of me and I will live a long, healthy, life.
It appears that Noel pulled out a whole claw and now has a fungal infection going on. She did not like going to the doctor, but she was as good as gold. She even let them take her in the backroom and cut her nails. The pinky claw grew back thick and dark and I was worried it was going to turn into her pad. They cut it really short. Let’s see how it comes back in. She was happy to get home and go directly to sleep in Louise’s office bed.
I cannot imagine a life without cats!
If the Vet does not see me then she won’t know that I am here and then she can’t take any more tests, right?
Oh no! The vet tech found me. Now I have to go in the back to that scary place.
Mom, you were supposed to save me from all the scary needles. But it is over now.