Mom made an appointment for me at a new Vet close to the house. She has been researching new animal hospitals and looking for someone who has lots of experience with bully breeds. She found a Vet that has experience with bully breeds and Greyhounds. Two things close to her heart. We bundled into Zeus and off we went. Jamie was the driver.
The Avenue Animal Hospital is recently remodeled and very clean. They are an accredited animal hospital. Mom and Jamie and I were very impressed by the attentiveness of the staff. We were put in a room right away just in case other animals came in.
As you can see, I was very stressed out. Not.
(Yes, I still have scars from the boarding incident.)
We talked with Becky, who entered all my shot information and stuff into the computer. She let me kiss her and I was very happy about that. Then Dr. K. came in. She was very pretty, about Erik’s age I should think, and very, very, smart. She didn’t put me up on the table (which folded in and out like those old Murphy beds) but rather, sat down on the floor with me and rubbed my belly. Little did I know while she was tickling my tummy that she was checking my heart, ears, feet, toes, skin, etc. I gave Dr. K. lots of kisses too. She gave me some squeezy cheese on a stick. I think she liked me, too!
Dr. K. and Mom had a long talk. We were there about an hour. Nobody rushed us out and Dr. K. answered all Mom’s questions. At this Vet, they do not board unless the dog has a medical condition (like seizures or diabetes). Dr. K. says she understands how hard it is to board dogs and she gave Mom good suggestions. She is even going to see if any of the Techs there would be interested in staying with me! Dr. K. says she has a dog who is “very selective” and understands our predicament. When it was time to leave, Becky took us out back through the hospital, so we got a good look at things, and we avoided the dogs that had come in through the front. They made every extra step to make sure that there were no confrontations.
When we got back in the car, I was quiet and Mom asked Jamie what he thought. “Very, very, smart. Very on top of things,” he said. Mom agreed. Dr. K. had given Mom a whole packet of information, including a fish-oil/holistic approach to my itchy allergies. Dr. K. told Mom she was doing a good job with my coat and skin.
Mom has been mulling over a switch in Vets since the fight at the other animal hospital.
She says she just doesn’t feel like the explanation she was given matches what happened. So, she is going to move me over to be a patient with Dr. K. Interestingly, the prices for exams were about $7 to $10 higher, but the medications are between $20 and $50 less, so that is a big help, too, considering I am on long-term meds.
I will miss Dr. Craig, but I am happy to have made new friends today!
Woof! Love, Maggie (“Scarface”)