Saturday, November 20, 2004

Vet Appt Today

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."

2 comments:

socidoc said...

... eagerly waiting to see the results of your vet visit... one of my kitties is going in for surgery next week for a suspicious lump on her neck (near the vaccination site)... hopefully it won't be cancer, but I am worried. Let us know how your kitties are doing! :-)

Mindy said...

Your cat may be trying to clear his sinuses. Or he could have a hairball. It's hard to know what he's doing when you can't hear it for yourself! I remember when I was a new pet owner, we probably helped my vet by a vacation home, because we took our animals so often. We didn't have enough experience to know what was serious and what wasn't. The kittens are really cute!