Sis on the bench at the local vet
You know… I’m not a soccer mom, but every 6 weeks or so, my Saturday mornings are spent doing the eye exam thing with Sissy. This was a quarterly check-up, which means we trekked north to the eye clinic. I can’t rave enough about each and every person at that clinic. From the founder to the newest front desk woman, they are top-notched, experienced veterinary professionals, who really love what they do and love animals.
It’s the little things. Our local vet has signs up saying not to bring another pet along for the appointment without prior arrangements. Fair enough, but that’s a totally different vibe than the “Your pets are all part of our family” signs in the waiting area the eye clinic shares with several other pet-vet-specialists, begging that one does not leave another pet in the car while the patient has an appointment. They even offer to make special arrangements if the other pet needs a private waiting area. I tell you… these people are beyond compare.
Those signs made me feel better, as I kinda’ had to take Gretchen along yesterday. The Knight was working, and we’ve never left either dog ALONE for 6+ hours. Regular friends and readers know Gg has significant travel anxiety that four years later, we’re still barely managing, so she was still quite stressed when we saw the vet. Instead of making me feel Gg was an unwelcome distraction, Vision Vet noted that while Gretchen was a little manic, Sissy appeared more like herself, vs. the drooly, tense mess she’d been on the last couple of visits. Then she took a moment to visit with Gg at the end of the exam, and both girls worked the tech for treats.
And yes, Sis is fine. Her pressure was nice and low, and the new vet tech laughed when pregnant Vision Vet merely pointed at the small, typical stackable type chair, Sissy hopped up, turned, and no one had to sit in the floor or heft my big girl onto the table for the eye exam. Sometimes, being a DIVA comes off looking like being a model patient. Who knew?!
She does have a harmless skin tag on the lower lid of her “good” (remaining, right) eye. Vision Vet can freeze it off with a local anesthetic, much like a human wart removal, but it isn’t bothering her at all and is roughly a month old, so we’re going to watch it, and as long as it doesn’t grow or start bothering her, we’ll leave it alone.
Our next regularly scheduled trip to the eye clinic will mark two years since that left eye was removed. I see them more than I see some of my family, so it’s nice that they think we’re all family.
And since I do also use this blog for reference sometimes, both girls had a squirt of the travel anxiety serum an hour before we left. I wiped the hammock down with a DAP wipe and then Gg got a calming chew about an hour into the ride. On the trip home, Gg got the two remaining chews while the vet tech slipped Sissy more banana chips, then each girl got another squirt of the serum, and I wiped the hammock again with our last wipe. Sis was great, but Gg’s chews were out of date and while she “just” hyperventilated and trembled a bit, I’m still hopeful that with fresh chews, she might have continued small improvements, until we get to a point where she’s almost a good rider.
If anyone knows of a DAP diffuser for the car, please let me know. That would be ideal.