It was time for Toby’s yearly check-up today. This is usually the one vet visit that doesn’t freak me out, because we’re not going there with any specific problem. Everything was going going until … well, until, the vet walked in.
|Waiting for Uncle Ira.
When he was a puppy going to the vet was fine, but these days he freaks out as soon as the vet goes to touch him. Toby shakes, pants and pretty much has an all-out anxiety attack.
The good news is that my vet has become accustomed to Toby’s behavior and doesn’t push him beyond a stress level he thinks Toby can handle. Today’s visit was supposed to include his shots, a blood test and nail clipping.
A vet tech had to hold Toby during the shots, but he did OK. He even stayed in her arms while Ira was drawing blood. Clipping his nails however, turned into a disaster.
My aunt and I used to do them all the time with no problem, but after Toby injured his leg the last time, he hates people fussing with his feet. So, as Ira grabbed his back paw to start on the nails, I was talking to Toby and petting him. As soon as Ira made the first clip, Toby yelped so loud you would have thought he was being beaten and was panting like he was stuck in a desert for days without water. That’s when Ira killed the idea, because Toby was getting too stressed.
The good news is that Toby is still around the same weight — only gained a half-an-ounce — and is overall all pretty healthy as far as we know. We’re waiting for the routine blood test, heart worm and stool sample to come back, so we’ll know more then, but overall Ira said Toby is looking good.
I, however, needed an anti-anxiety pill when we were done, because I freaked out when Toby started freaking out. I worry his little heart will get overly stressed in situations like that. We actually talked about giving Toby a pill to calm him down before his next visit, but my vet shot down the idea at this point.
I also could have used a chill pill when I got the bill — $205. It made me curious — what does your pet’s early exam cost?