sorry, this is long.
Most of you have taken your cats to the vet, but for those that haven't and may be reading this thread, I'll detail it out a bit.
I went to Banfield pet hospital. It was a clinic day from 1 to 3pm for shots. I checked ahead of time to see if they could do the leukemia test as well at the same time and they said yes.
I got there early and was second in line. He wasn't real happy in the carrier, but after a while he fell asleep waiting. Lots of other pets kept my attention, and may have distracted him from his confinement.
This was Tigers first visit to the Dr so we had some extra work to do.
The learning Dr first looked at him and gave an initial assessment that he looked healthy. Took his temperature and even though he was uncomfortable, it didn't hurt him.
Then he took him in back to draw a blood test to check for leukemia and Aids blood test. When he came back he had a temporary bandage on his back left leg and seemed to be relatively calm. Then we waited a while (10 min) for the results. The main Dr. came in and showed us the results of the test were negative, (didn't have the virus's).
He then spent some time doing what the first Dr did to determine if Tiger had and health issues. Looked at his ears, mouth, eyes, heart, breathing, general skin and fur. He squeased his middle section checking for worms or other irregularities. I was surprised how much he could move around and not hurt Tiger. He also did his best at determining the sex of our Tiger. He said "I'm pretty sure he's a male." The first Dr. tried too, but didn't really come to a positive conclusion. I got a chuckle out of that..
In general, he said Tiger was in good health. He recommended a wormer and some other initial shots. The wormer was nothing more than some oral medicine that wasn't a big deal. He game me another dose that I'll give him later. (I need to know how long to wait before giving him another dose). The shot was given by the main Dr with the secondary Dr holding down the kitty so he couldn't move and hurt himself. It didn't seem to hurt him at the time.
We were done. More shots in another 3 weeks.
The bill came to about $96.
Blood sample fee 8.50
Distemper FVRCP vaccine 23.95
Leukemia/FIV test 42.95
Paid out of my golf account, so the wife couldn't complain.
He was quiet going home. 6 hours later, he's in pain where his shots or blood draw was, but other than that seems ok. He's moving slow. Eating ok.
I forgot to mention the treats. I bought him some Wiskas temptations. Whenever I was trying to get his mind off things, I would give him a treat. Probably not the best thing to do, but it made me feel better.
He did great, was crying a bit, but didn't go wolverine on us.
I almost wore a sweatshirt and gloves, but it wasn't necessary. Good thing, it was 103 out there today. That's enough for now. Hope this helps someone else on their first visit.