Chris’s First Vet Visit

Since we adopted Chris in November of 2009, he has never been to the vet for a health related issue until yesterday. He did go to the vet for a mandatory vaccination late in 2010 when we moved back to Florida, and when he was a kitten he was fixed and vaccinated, but that was all. He has been a pretty healthy cat, despite his weight gain these last couple of years.

That changed when we adopted Floki a few months ago and illness spread through our house like wildfire. Everyone was sneezing but the eye infections were the worst. Frankie had to go to the vet because one of he eyes was very bad. We treated him with the medication they gave us but then noticed his eye became very dilated (see here).

Frankie’s eye got better after a few days but then we noticed Chris had the same problem in one of his eyes. We were giving him Frankie’s eye medication but he got worse so we decided it was time to bring him to the vet.

We have two vets. Vet number 1 is about a ten or twelve-minute drive and vet number 2 is about two minutes away. Vet 2 is where we brought Frankie. Vet 1, called The Animal and Bird Medical Center, is harder to get an appointment with but I like them better because they are less likely to shoot your pet up with steroids and antibiotics on the first visit. In other words, they usually try to take a natural approach, but not always.

Rose brought Chris to Vet 1 yesterday morning and was nice enough to take pictures for me.

bad cat Chris at vet

chris at vet
bad cat Chris at vet

bad cat Chris at vet

Rose said Chris did a lot of crying on the way to the vet but once there, he was good.

The doc said that the dilation in his eyes was caused but the eye medication we were giving him. Imagine that. We were causing the problem by the very thing we were using to treat the problem.

The vet also said that Chris has some kind of growth in his ears. I don’t think those were his exact words but that was the second-hand information that I received. He gave Rose some drops to put in Chris’s ears and a different eye medication. No shots or pills and it only cost us about $115. Not cheap, but better than expected, and I am happy to know that Chris does not have a serious health condition.

Chris was also very quiet on the way home. I guess somehow he knew the worst was over and he was going home.


27 thoughts on “Chris’s First Vet Visit

  1. easyweimaraner

    Chris I hope the new meds will help your eyes and all infections and problems will be gone with the wind soon. Your were a trooper at your first vet visit, hugs to you, you are a brave boy…

  2. onespoiledcat

    Oh I’m so glad he’s basically alright – or will be after the eye meds take hold. Hope the growths in his ears are treatable too…..Sounds like he was very brave while at the vets. Sam cries all the way there and is good as gold while there……then like Chris is quiet on the way home – I think it’s RELIEF…..hahaha


  3. databbiesotrouttowne

    dood….sorree ya had two go two de place oh eeeeeeeeeeeevil, N we hope both yur eye trubullz N ear trubullz will be a thing oh de past….veree soon ~~~~~~~ sendin best fishes N healthee wishez ~~~~~~ ♥♥♥☺☺☺

  4. kittiesblue

    We are so happy that Chris will soon be on the mend. Nice to know the eye dilation was being caused by the meds and not something super serious. Saying prayers that all kitties will soon be in tip-top shape. XOCK, Lily Olivia, Mauricio, Misty May, Giulietta, Fiona, Astrid, Lisbeth and Calista Jo

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