Hello everyone! All that whining yesterday about having to go to the Vet? I just did that for the sympathy vote….yeah……sure…..I’m here this morning to tell you that not only am I having a nice bacon-feast this morning as usual BUT I survived the vet visit yesterday using my handy dandy sure-fire method.
What would that be? Well here’s what I call “Sammy’s Vet Survival Course” – take notes.
Why being adorable of course. I greeted the receptionist – a lady named Ginger who I’ve known my entire 14 years – and had a conversation with her – a little chit chat while she asked me how I’d been, and how I was feeling, etc. – she and I are pals you know. I had HER on my side from the beginning! Then she introduced me to the vet tech who was going to assist my doc. I gave her the wink – that works every time – and one gentle yet suitably pitiful meow. Mom almost laughed because she knew I was working my “Sammy Whammy Magic” on the tech. She was all oooey-gooey “oh he’s beautiful and SOOOO sweet and EVER so good!!!!”…….I got the feeling most cats that go in there are practically wild animals compared to sweet little me.
We had to wait a bit for the doc but I had a private room. She weighed me (I wasn’t very happy standing on that wiggly scale) then I lay down on the exam table where we had to wait for a while – she asked questions, etc. and Mom noticed that I was almost asleep by the end of the questioning session. Then the doc came in………..he remembered me of course – he’s a bit harder to charm – but I was aiming to have HIM in the palm of my paw too so I gave him the soft meow thing. He loved it……he talked back to me…….gave me a VERY thorough body check………when I say thorough I mean thorough. He and Mom chatted about how necessary ALL those shots I’ve had my whole life were – he felt I still needed the 3-year Rabies booster (not due yet though) and the Felv yearly shot. So I got those……..then they talked blood work – he felt seniors should have blood work every couple of years although he DID say my blood work two years ago didn’t show anything of concern! YAY! Still I got the sticky thing in my neck……….but I behaved SOOOO well.
Then he and Mom talked about my arthritis – over the counter stuff (he said) generally doesn’t have enough “medicine” in it to do any good but most of the over the counters wouldn’t HURT – and may even help if symptoms were mild. Anyway, he suggested we try Cosequin for a while to see if I appear to get any benefit from it. He said my range of motion on all my joints was VERY good so he was surprised Mom said I was having problems with discomfort (but she can tell these things when I go up and down stairs!)………so we’re gonna try this stuff.
Today the result of my blood work will be told to my Mom………..I’ll be sure and report that to all of you adoring fans…….meanwhile, my suggestion on surviving the vet consists of these things:
1. Flirt shamelessly with all office staff…….
2. Be cooperative when the doctor examines you – biting would not be a good idea!
3. Look as pitiful and adorable as possible through the entire procedure – start to finish.
They followed me out to the car telling me how wonderful I had been – man oh man – talk about eating out of your hand? They were!!! BIG TIME
That’s my story – tune in tomorrow for Silent Sunday (and maybe some blood results!).
HUGS, Sammy (with a couple of extra holes in him from the needles)