Better Safe Than Sorry with Annual Visits
I don’t know about you, but I feel like it can be impossible to schedule doctors visits. I have one that’s been rescheduled multiple times, and I have a feeling it may get rescheduled again, too!
But when it comes to my kitties, I try to make sure their visits are regular. We go once a year — unless there’s an emergency or another significant issue — just to make sure things are OK.
This past weekend we took them in. I say they, because we actually took in both at once, and it worked out nicely. We went in with a game plan — an acronym to remember what we needed to discuss with the vet, and came up with PFEET. I know, not the best, but it was memorable. It was an acronym for: prescription food, Ellie’s eyes and teeth.
During our visit, we got the prescription renewed, the doctor gave us some tips for Ellie (one of her eyes gets runny every so often), and the vet checked their teeth. CG’s molars aren’t so great — this was news to me since I really only check his front teeth regularly. Ellie’s continues to chip away, but other than that, the doctor said she had beautiful teeth (?!).
The doctor continued their check-ups, and when it came to listening to Ellie’s heart, she paused. After listening a bit more, she told us she heard a heart murmur at first, but not again.
We chatted a bit about what that means and decided we’d bring her back in a month so the doctor could listen again.
Overall, the kitties behaved well and were in great shape. I have no idea how this murmur thing may pan out, but I’m not worried. If it’s something, I’ll be glad we caught it. If we don’t hear it again, we can move on — while of course remembering this just in case in the future.
I’m just so glad we keep up with their appointments. It can be expensive, but it really is a great form of preventative care; a way of staying on top of current and potential issues. It was the best money I spent that week — if not month.