Nyx's Notes, Volume 1 Chapter 3: the Vet

With a new pet rescued from the outdoors, a quick check-up with a vet is always a good idea.  So six days in her new home, we brought Nyx to the Skyview Veterinary Hospital in Billings Heights.

The nice ladies at SVH want a safe entrance for a kitten, so they asked us to call a few minutes before coming to ensure the lobby area is clear of rambunctious dogs on leashes.  They don't want to terrify a kitty.  Cats must come in carriers.

Nyx knew something was up when we walked into an exam room.  She hunkered to the other end of the carrier from the door.  With a little coaxing from Edan she braved this new world.

A cat owner herself, the vet tech Lindsey just gushed over little Nyx.  On a proper scale, she weighed in at one pound 14 ounces.  Lindsey asked about her bowel movements, if she has diarrhea.  Edan gave quite the description: "Turds in gravy."  (I may never eat canned beef stew again)

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Dr. Jill Paul came next and look in the ears for mites, felt along the little body for anything unusual, then used a stethoscope to listen for any congestion in the lungs and heart.

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The trick to withstanding a chilly stethoscope?  A ready-made fur coat.

Dr. Paul determined Nyx's age at approximately six weeks.  The only treatment she received was a topical medicine to de-worm and ward off any fleas or ticks.  No vaccinations yet, that's coming in a few weeks.

And of course, after being such a good kitty for not hissing or scratching, Nyx sampled a little treat in a tube.

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As of this post, Nyx is in excellent health.  She spent the rest of the day playing, and I learned that denim jeans are the best protection from the needle claws.

The Skyview Veterinary Hospital is located at 1632 Gleneagles Blvd. in Billings Heights.  Their phone is 406-256-3511.  Call for an appointment.  They make the pet's visit as welcome and stress-free as possible.  They answer all owner's questions and I'm sure they've heard them all, even the goofy ones.

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