It was time for Vladi's booster vaccines, so it was our first time taking little Vladi to the V-E-T. We were going to take both of his brothers too, but they have gotten so big, that would be too much cat-mass in the carrier. So, we decided to take Tanj along because he has lost some patches of fur around his head and neck area (you may have seen it in previous blogs). It started right before we brought Vladi home (so we can't blame the little cutie), about a month after his yearly vaccine booster. The hair loss seems to have slowed, there has been no sign of redness, and the hair is growing back, but we wanted our vet to take a look just to be sure he is O.K. So it was off to the V-E-T...
his last car trip was to the vet so he
knows what is going down...
excited: scared and adventurous at the same time.
At first there is a lot of squawking and confusion...
but its hot and appointments often run late, so we put the boys
into the carrier to sit in the waiting room...
and the boys aren't too sure about this.
We head into the examination room, open the carrier, and
under the examination table.
What's the matter Tanj, this place is great!
We hear the vet's voice outside the back door to the room...
Vladi is eagerly waiting to say "Hi"
(we had to scoop him out of the way)...
an anaconda under the counter.
Vladi goes first, and he charms everybody. He even
attracts a crowd of vets and technicians at one point, who
coo over him as he got weighed in the back room (4.25 pounds).
His heartrate was an excited kitten-pace of 200 bpm and
even though he winced a little when he got his FVRCP
booster shot, he held still like a little champion.
Dr. PK noticed that Vladi's belly was a little bloated and
recommended Pyrantel dewormer to complement the Panacur
he had already received. It was banana flavored,
and Vladi drank it, no problem.
We knew Vladi had not used the car litter box before the exam
and had gotten pretty worked up on the trip (Sure enough,
later when we got home, Vladi made it to his favorite litter box
just in time, and his belly shrank back down quite a bit).
The vet also asked if we named him Vladimir because of
the "V" on his back, we had to admit that we hadn't seen the "V."
Now it was Tanji's turn...
Tanji is trying to get out the front door,
and Vladi is ready for more attention.
After examining Tanji's little bald patches, our vet
did not see signs of fleas, mites, or fungus, and thought it
could have been a reaction to the vaccine, but we decided
to go for a fungal culture to rule our ringworm since we
work around a lot of students and get exposed all the time.
The vet leaves to get the soft toothbrush and plate
to create the culture...
the vet rubs his skin gently and makes the culture.
Bug-eyed-V is excited and ready for more action.
Why does this kennel smell like dog??
What's been happening???
(Don't worry Uschi, you get to keep little Vladi
company for his rabies shot in two weeks!)
Tanj heads under the ottoman for a nap,