Going to the vet these days is different indeed. Our pet family recently had an unnerving experience that I wanted to share so that others don’t go through the same. Be sure that you’re doing what you can to protect your pet when they’re out of your sight. Pets and their humans are being separated to protect the veterinary community during this pandemic. But as with any new situation where new processes and procedures are implemented – things can get confusing pretty quickly. And that includes your veterinary office.
Amid COVID-19, veterinary offices have strict procedures to help protect the public and their staff. Procedures look something like this:
- Schedule appointment
- Show up to the office but stay in your car with your pet.
- Call the office to let them know you’ve arrived
- A vet tech will come out to your car to retrieve your pet
- The vet will examine your pet and call you to discuss any findings
- Pay the front desk by phone
- Veterinary staff brings your pet back to your car
A few weeks ago, we had an emergency with one of our cats, Jady. She had swallowed a candy wrapper and then vomited it up on a Friday morning. Jady has never swallowed any strange objects – this was a first. I kept a very watchful eye on her and her appetite, energy level and bathroom habits were all normal all day, so I didn’t feel she needed to see the vet. Saturday was much of the same – completely normal behavior. To complicate matters, Jady is diabetic. It’s critically important that we keep her eating and drinking normally so that she doesn’t experience any adverse reactions to the insulin she gets twice a day. She could end up in a diabetic coma if she’s given insulin and not eating.
At 5am on Sunday morning, I was woken up by Jady profusely vomiting. I immediately thought of the candy wrapper that she threw up a few days earlier and knew that any sort of obstruction in the intestines and bowels can be deadly. I thought that perhaps she had swallowed something else!