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      Healing vibes for Trudy

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        Healing vibes for Trudy

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          Healing vibes for Trudy! I'm glad you're taking such good care of her.

          Our vet's current policy is that you get a beeper and have to wait outside (in the car, or in an outside sitting area with sunshades on days it's too hot in the car), and when the beeper goes off, you can go inside with your pet. I'm glad this is the case, as Zemi needed to see the vet so often recently, and I would feel like an awful cat mom leaving him alone there every single time (we had to leave him at the clinic half a day for surgery, and it was awful).

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            oh no! Poor Trudy! I hope she gets better soon!

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              More vibes, RD.

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                  Hugs for you, cuddles for Trudy. When my Scherlock (the dog of my teen years, roughly the size of a medium hunting dog) got his hip broken by a car, after surgery, my presence seemed to reassure him a lot, so mom and I used to glide his bed back and forth from kitchen to my bedroom so that he'd stay with me but not try to walk. They deserve our care.

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                    I hope Trudy will get better very soon and that seeing a vet won't be necessary at all!

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                      Healing vibes for Trudy

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                        You’re taking such good care of her, I’m sure she will improve! Look at that smile!!😍

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                          Thank you:
                          Mamatigerj
                          TheLibrarian
                          Matan
                          Fremen
                          sleep_twitch
                          Trbrat75
                          Colin
                          Anek
                          PetiteSheWolf
                          Mianevem
                          Whirly
                          DorothyMH

                          Trudy is continuing to improve. She did throw up after her dinner last night. But my mother had given her her usual dinner, which is three different kinds of biscuits. I decided today we would only give her the one type I had given her yesterday morning, which her stomach seemed to do okay with. Today she has only had the one kind of biscuit for both meals, plus some more of the sports drink, and some water (which she drank from her bowl without assistance) and we have not had any more vomiting. So I think we may have turned a corner here.

                          She still is not walking properly. But she is getting stronger. When we went outside in the yard this afternoon, Trudy walked outside all by herself. All of the flooring in our house is smooth surfaces (hardwood, linoleum, and tile) which are not easy even for strong dogs to walk on. I've put interlocking foam squares on the floor in my room (hardwood), to cover the route from our bed to the kitchen. The kitchen floor is linoleum and the easiest surface to walk on. But to get from the kitchen into the backyard we have to traverse a tile walkway that runs along the back edge of our 2.5x width garage. This is the most slippery surface of all, but Trudy made it across it this afternoon to get outside. After we had sat outside for a bit, she allowed me to bring her back inside on her toboggan. She has walked twice today from my bedroom through the kitchen and across the living/dining room (hardwood) without assistance and this evening walked back from the living room into our room by herself as well. Her walking still looks like a drunkard's stagger, but it is a huge improvement over two days ago.

                          sleep_twitch does the vet give you the beeper? My vets expect you to drive to their clinic, then call them from your car via cell phone to tell them you are there. Then they will come outside and take your pet from you. When I explained to the receptionist (last spring, when all of this first started), that I would need to call them from home to tell them I was five minutes away, but that the best I could do from their parking lot was stand outside and wave at them through the windows because I don't own a cell phone, the receptionist became hostile and told me I could do things their way or not receive service at all. I like most of the people who work at my vets' clinic. But that one receptionist is clearly in the wrong line of work!

                          I really don't understand why the vets think people (or their pets) would be okay with being separated in the parking lot and the pets being taken into a locked building which their human caregivers are physically prevented from entering and where the clinic staff are going to do scary and sometimes painful things to the pets. No one would ever suggest making parents wait outside in the parking lot while some stranger took their human child into a locked hospital without them. But my dogs are no less sentient than a human child and no less terrified of being taken into a strange and frightening place without me. Last year I refused to take my dogs to the vets until the vets relented and said I could go inside with them--which they did during the summer when Covid case counts were low here. Now they are back to a strict "no non-staff humans in the building" policy--even though the active infection rate in my county is currently less than .02% and all of the humans would be required to wear masks. (Which I am more than happy to do, as well as a face shield, and the staff all have masks and eye protection to wear when they're with me too.) They sent me a reminder that Shelby was due for her rabies booster last month. I told them to call me when they're prepared to either allow me into their building or come outside to give Shelby the shot in their parking lot. (Trudy isn't due for her rabies booster until next year. But she has other vaccinations she should be getting this year.)

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                            That is so infuriating! All of it! But the receptionist being rude to you was totally uncalled for!

                            Last I checked, we were not allowed to take our pets in either. You sat in your car and someone would come out and get your pet...but IDK if that is still into effect now.

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                              My vet was allowing pet owners into the building when I took Boo in March. I was so thankful. He struggles terribly, as well, with just the “waiting” part. Last year, during the worst of Covid, they took him from me in the parking lot. Thankfully, it was a super fast visit away from me.

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                                Trbrat75
                                DorothyMH
                                I understood the policy 15 months ago when everyone was afraid. We didn't have adequate PPE back then. Nobody really knew how bad Covid would get, or who was infected, and we weren't sure how it could or couldn't be transmitted or what would be effective in preventing transmission. But now everybody has masks. People who want eye protection have that too (including all the staff at my vets'). We have widespread testing and a robust contact tracing system, so we can be fairly confident that the active infection rate in my community is indeed close to 1 in 6000 people. And the majority of adults have received at least one dose of a very good vaccine. (Although, in fairness, there are a few people at my veterinary clinic who are still on the green side of 30. Everyone aged 12+ is eligible for their first dose here now. But not all of the younger cohort have been able to get an appointment yet.)

                                I allowed Shelby to go into the vet clinic without me last spring, when she was limping. I wanted the limp checked out. And I thought Shelby would be okay going inside solo, since she used to be much braver than Trudy about being separated from me. But ever since that visit, Shelby has been the more clingy dog. Even when she is at home with Trudy and my parents, Shelby cries when I go out now. So we are waiting, if at all possible, for our next veterinary appointments until such a time as we will be able to remain together for them.

                                Trbrat75 that one receptionist is a piece of work. About half the time she is pleasant. But the other half... I was telling someone in the community about that conversation shortly after it happened. I did not mention any names. But the person guessed immediately who I was talking about. That receptionist must be married to one of the owners for them to allow her to keep the job for as long as she has done, because she is not a good public face for the clinic at all. Every time I have to call them I am anxious, wondering if that day the phone will be answered by Doctor Jekyll or Mr. Hyde.

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