So we called East Bay Animal clinic (the one around the corner) and they were kind enough to give us a 1 pm appointment today. Technically, this is an emergency appointment to find the cause of the strange phlegm-coughing noise (see my previous post) that has emerged in the last day.
On the bright side, this visit is a great opportunity. This is our first visit to an independent vet (the last vet was the shelter clinic) and it's our chance to interview this vet and see if he/she are good enough to be our primary-care physician.
I'm going to be printing out About.com Cats Guide Franny Syufy's article on selecting a vet and taking it with me to the appointment. She has some great questions to ask, including a personal favorite of mine:
"Do you use the VASTF protocol for vaccinations?Because of the risk of vaccine-related sarcomas, the VASTF task recommends specific protocols for the site of injections, as well as their frequency."