Visiting the VET during lockdown #3… πŸ€¦β€β™€οΈπŸ™€

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!?

Gizmo is not a fan of being in the cat carrier basket

We are 12 days into the year 2021 and Giz already needed to see a vet. πŸ€¦β€β™€οΈ

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.

One of the tiny lumps on Gizmos chin.

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.

The vet begins her examination

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) πŸ™€ 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…?!!)

Gizmo on the scales in the consultation room with the Vet

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 ❀

Gizmo is happy to be home

8 thoughts on “Visiting the VET during lockdown #3… πŸ€¦β€β™€οΈπŸ™€

  1. Ahh, bless him, and you, always a horrible experience. We have just this afternoon booked Jago in for his annual booster after being reassured that his Mum can come in the reception and watch this happen rather than handing over in the car park. Last lockdown Jago started to get a scab on his chin which spread and was confirmed as being cat acne (who knew) luckily his insurance policy included some free online consultations which were fantastic, allowing him to be checked on picture and video and then prescribed medicines dispatched. Give Gizzy our love and loads of cuddles xxx Jago, Mum and Dad.

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  2. Yes, visiting the vet can be as stressful for cats as it is for humans I think. 😳 Poor Jago, I’m glad to hear that the online consultations helped with his condition and treatment last year. I hope his booster goes well. 🀞 I was given the option of staying in my car today, or going in with Giz, so I opted to go in. Of course, I had to wear a mask at all times, and only one human could accompany Giz, but that suited us just fine! I hope your appointment goes well ❀ Purrs to Jago and his humans. X

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  3. Gizmo yore a *STAR* an so are you Gizmo’ss Meowmy!! LadyMew wuud NOT wait outside. Mee was apposta go to Vet’ss aftur wee cam out of lockdown inn Summer butt when they told her shee had to hand mee off shee told them to bugg…..umm f*…fluf….. NO WAY!
    WEe not sure if they have a screen like yore Vet does…that wuud bee a guud thing.
    Hope yore chin an gum line heal soon Gizmo.
    ***purrss*** BellaDharma an {{huggiess}} LadyMew

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  4. Purrs to you BellaDharma and Lady Mew ❀ Yes, we want to stay with our kitties when they are at the vets. Maybe give your vets a call, and ask what their current policy is? They might have screens in place, like my vet. Gizmo seems a bit happier today, and hes accepting his medicines like a good kitty ❀ xXx

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  5. Well dun Gizmo!! Keep takin yore medss an feel bettur soon.
    You know what Gizmo’ss Meowmy? Since LadyMew red mee yore bloggie post mee bin eatin bettur an palyin toyss an usin litterbox more….
    LadyMew sayss mee iss a misstery to her πŸ˜‰
    An if mee goess ‘off’ again, shee WILL call Vet’ss an see what their mew pawlicy iss!
    **purrss** BellaDharma

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