These are strange times. Covid and covid restrictions have changed the world that we live in, at least for now.
From personal experience, I know how difficult (in fact, so far today it’s been impossible) for me to see or speak to a doctor, but thankfully, seeing a Vet is a much easier process…not that Gizmo appreciates this!?
We are 12 days into the year 2021 and Giz already needed to see a vet. 🤦♀️
Not the start to the year that I hoped for, but let’s hope it improves from here onwards?!
A few days ago, Giz seemed a bit quiet. Nothing glaringly obvious, but I knew he wasnt feeling quite right. Still eating and drinking, and his gums still a normal colour, I decided to monitor him.
Yesterday evening, I caught sight of a lump on his chin, and another on his lower lip/gum line, hidden just inside his mouth. These lumps are so small that other members of my household totally failed to notice them at all, but I know when something is wrong…and it’s rare for me to miss a symptom, no matter how small and insignificant it might seem to others. Gizmo has always let me know, however subtly, when he isn’t 100% well.
Despite Giz appearing to be his happy purry playful self, and still happy to eat and drink, I decided to get him checked out today.
I phoned our veterinary practice, and booked Gizmo in for a consultation for lunchtime today. Over the phone, it was explained to me how the visit would operate. I could phone the practice on arrival, and wait in my car. The vet would phone me when she was ready for our appointment, and I would be given the option to come into the practice with Giz, or wait in my car. This helped to put my mind at ease, knowing that they had covid procedures in place to keep everyone as safe as possible and minimise the volume of people in the building.
Visiting the Vets has never been a massively positive experience for Gizmo, but today was as good as hes ever had it, I think.
We waited in the car until the vet phoned to say she was ready for us, then went into the consultation room. I placed Giz in his carrier on the table, and then I stood behind the perspex screen and described my concerns to the vet.
Giz would usually bury his head inside my sleeve, or under my arm to hide himself until the ordeal was over, but because of covid guidelines, I had to stand behind the screen rather than hold him. A bit different for both of us, but we coped.
The vet, Lea, was very friendly and Giz was well behaved. She gave him a thorough examination, and had a look in his mouth to find that he had a small cut in his gum line. Although it appears to be free from infection, she has prescribed a course of antibiotics and painkillers to minimise the risk of problems developing. If I’m concerned about him in the next week or so, I need to bring him back for another examination, but hopefully he will need no further treatment.
Giz also had a routine weight check and we discovered he is now a chunky 5.09kg (as opposed to 4.7kg last time he was weighed) 🙀 so I will need to reduce his feed consumption so that he loses those kitty lockdown pounds. (I think we humans can all relate to the right now too…?!!)
So, despite the circumstances, it’s been a positive experience for us both today, even with covid regulations making the experience different to our previous vet visits.
I can’t fault the Penmellyn Veterinary Practice (St Columb) for the service they provided today, and how they are working to keep staff and patients as safe as possible, whilst continuing to provide the care that our animals need. ❤
Paws crossed that Giz feels better, and doesnt need a repeat veterinary visit anytime soon… 🤞 Hes definitely happy to be home ❤