A Day in the Life of a Zookeeper

A Day in the Life of a Zookeeper
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Friday, July 21, 2017

Three Kitty Vet Visit

Holy Moly!  It's been forever since I blogged.  Guess I needed a summer vacation.  Today was a busy day as all three kitties had their semi annual vet visit.  They go every 6 months since Oliver and Phoebe need monitoring for their thyroid levels and Aggie - well - she is just plain old.   She turns the ripe old age of 20 this year - WOW!  I thought it was only 19 but I was mistaken.....denial I guess.

The results overall are pretty darn good considering they are all technically considered senior citizens.  (20, 15 and 11 years old).

Let's start with Aggie:

Her physical went well - eyes, ears, teeth, heart, skin, etc were all in good shape.  Her weight was down almost a pound from last time - she weighs7.14 pounds.  This is good as she was just a bit of a pudge the last time at over 9 pounds.  Her bloodwork looks pretty good.  There is only one area of concern which is around her kidney numbers.  They were a tiny bit inflated last October indicating the start of kidney disease and they are just a tiny bit more inflated this time.  The vet has put her on a supplement called Azodyl which I ordered for her today.  We also decided to try out a more kidney friendly diet so Aggie will be testing out a medicated cat food over the next few days to see if she likes it.  Aggie also got her FVRCP (distemper) booster.

Mr. Oliver:

Ollie's physical went well - he still has cruddy teeth - no surprise - but everything else looked good. The vet was kind enough to give me a new tube of ophthalmic ointment for Oliver's squinty eye he sometimes gets.  In regards to his bloodwork - everything looked great with the exception of his thyroid number which is a bit inflated.  We did a minor adjustment on his thyroid med dosage and that should fix him right up.  He is still my skinny mini - topping the scales at 5.3 pounds but the vet did say his body condition is good.  Hopefully with fixing his thyroid number he can gain a bit more weight.  Ollie also had his rabies booster.

Last but not least - Miss Phoebe:

Her physical went very well - a healthy girl.  And - her bloodwork is perfect - all her numbers including her thyroid number were in the normal range.  Woot!  She gained a bit of weight since last time - weighing in at 9.9 pounds.  All in all she is a very healthy cat.  She also had her FVRCP (distemper) and her rabies booster as well.

All in all it was a good visit.  The kitties were great in the car and were very well behaved and cooperative for the vet and the vet techs.  These guys are good to go til February or so of next year.

You can barely see Aggie - she is on the left, Ollie in the middle and Phoebe on the right 
Aggie and Oliver - its the only time these two are friends - when they feel like they are safer together than apart

Ollie and Aggie