Hello friends! Well… I mentioned earlier that I dropped the kitties off at the vets to have a dental cleaning. Is that crazy?
Before moving here, we never even considered putting the girls down under anesthesia for a simple teeth cleaning. But, after their last two exams, two different vets expressed a need and concern for it, especially with Aspen. Both kitties are just around four years old and have never had one, so I guess the tartar was starting to build up.
Cali came out clean as a whistle, while Aspen had some inflammation and a bit of an infected area in the back.
Knowing a cleaning a year could help save their gums and prevent further dental problems (and infections), Scott and I decided to purchase a PAWS plan where we pay a monthly amount to cover their vet fees. At first, it sounded unnecessary, but in the end we actually saved money by doing so with annual check-ups, shots, and cleanings.
I’m sure leaving your pets at the vets is not an easy thing for anyone to do. I can’t even imagine how parents feel taking their little ones to the doctors! All I could do was drop them off early and drive back home hoping everything would turn out okay.
Super Troupers, or Troopers, or TrooPAWS
I got a call a few hours later, telling me all about how they did. The responded great, and were complete troopers!
I had to make an appointment to pick them up so I could go over their after care and results of the cleaning (mostly for Aspen) with the vet, and received two adorable “Super Trooper” certificates for their bravery.
Is that not the cutest?
Going into the day, I knew it was kind of a big deal since they were going to be put under anesthesia, but I had no idea that also involved IVs and such. I was assured they did just fine, and would be completely back to normal within a day’s time.
I arrived at the vets around 1:30 p.m. and left about fifteen minutes later with a couple of grumpy meowing kitties.
I guess I would be more than perturbed if I had to go without breakfast, get poked and prodded, then have to come home with this thing on my arm too!
(For the newbies, Cali is white on top and Aspen is grey on bottom)
(Aw… Hi, Winkie!)
I am happy to report that as of now, they both seem to be doing a-okay.
I was instructed to only give them a small portion of their food when they got home, and then am only allowed to give about half of their normal day amount at 8 p.m. They’ll be okay, and in the mean time I will be sure to provide extra snuggles.
Speaking of food, I forgot to mention this beautiful (bright!) bowl of greens I threw together for lunch before I left.
More on that for tomorrow’s What I Ate Wednesday, but I have a feeling it might also pop back up as part of dinner.
As soon as I got home and made sure the girls were settled, I couldn’t help but notice how gorgeous the weather was outside. Finally!
Knowing both Roadie and I could use some fresh air, I hooked him up on his leash and set out for a long walk around the neighborhood.
Before I knew it, we were all the way to the trails and half way through our 4 mile running loop. I made a special effort to remain calm around strangers, and he seemed to react a lot better!
I figured we might as well finish it, and about an hour and ten minutes later I had a very happy and tired pup on my hands.
I just love when he gets all smiley! 😀
I guess he is somewhat of a super troopaw too. Okay, now I’m off to start thinking about dinner. See you in the morning!
Questions of the Day
• Have you ever taken a pet in for a dental cleaning?
• What’s the weather like in your neck of the woods?