Before I say anything else, I just want to set the record straight. It is not my sweet, clean, angelic puppy that has fleas. Perish the thought! It is that evil, stinky creature-that-doesn’t-even-like-me, otherwise known as The Cat. He is the one who has brought all that itchiness to our home. He is the one who forced us outside all afternoon on Sunday lest we poison ourselves. Not my good and pure little dog.
It’s kind of a long story, but unfortunately we have been dealing with this problem for an embarrassingly long time. Not because we don’t treat our animals every month because we do. They both get that goopy stuff to the back of their necks every four weeks. A month does not go by where we don’t have to deal with the resulting wackiness in our dog. (For some reason flea prevention ooze makes her insane. Well, more insane than normal.) Yet, while Shiva has remained flea-free, the poor kitty can’t seem to shake them. It’s been very frustrating. Despite what I said above, I do really feel bad for him.
I mean, it can’t be easy going around without any butt fur.
On Twitter last week, I mentioned we were test-driving a new vet. You may remember a few weeks ago, after Shiva’s broken nail, how I came to the realization that our current vet may not be cutting it. Some smart commenter recommended I check out Vet Ratingz, a great user-generated review website for veterinarians across North America. There weren’t too many listings for my area on the site, but enough to give me an idea of clinics to check out. So I made an appointment at the one that sounded the best to me and crossed my fingers.
What. A. Difference.
First of all, the clinic is located in an old house. As soon as I saw the little sign with the cartoon puppy and kitten, I had more hope. Our old vet is located in behind a car wash. The new place felt cozy. I know, it is weird to describe a medical office in such a way but it’s true. The colours inside were soft and the chairs were actually comfortable. The waiting space was small but very comfortable. As I say, much different from our last clinic which was wide and open and very clinical. Already they had one me over.
The veterinarian herself was even better than I could have asked for. She was kind. She treated us like old friends. There was no judgment in her expression and she seemed to actually care about our cat’s comfort and well-being. There was no rushing to get us out of there. I felt I knew more about the health of our cat in those twenty minutes than I have ever learned from any of our previous vets. And she did something the other vet never did, gave us practical advice to deal with the flea issue. Advice that I actually think may work. I didn’t realize this was a difficult thing to expect.
Do you want to know the kicker?
The veterinarian called us the next day to make sure the cat didn’t have a bad reaction to the vaccinations. The veterinarian herself called us. Is this normal? I am pretty sure our former vet forgot we even existed before we left the clinic.
It’s too soon to say anything yet. I don’t want to decide on a new place in a hurry. The point of all this is to find the best person for us and our animals. Besides, she has yet to pass the Shiva test. Any doctor can handle our fairly docile cat. But it takes a pro to handle the Shivster.