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By nightflameblue (Mon Nov 02, 2009 at 10:20:34 AM EST) (all tags)

Our vets are freakin' awesome.

Vet story #1

Our little lizard tyrant (LLT) was not eating yet by Thursday. Vet appointment was made.

The normal exam fee for reptiles at this vet is seventy dollars the second you walk in the door. We were told this up front. As he's the only vet in town that really takes reptiles, and he's really good with them from everything we've heard, it was an easy choice to make.

He looked at her as I told him her history. He determined she was female. As I described her conditions when we received her he became more and more upset. As I ran through what we've given her, he expressed approval.

"You have a really long road ahead of you here." I nodded in response. "She's completely depleted. She has zero calcium. She couldn't eat if she wanted to. She's still able to move, so you'll be able to build her back up, but it may take a month or more of feeding with a syringe."

He remembered our kittens that were so sickly and told me he knew with our history we would be able to handle it without problem, he was just warning it wasn't going to be quick and easy.

He set us up with our supplements and told me what types of babyfood to give her, then sent me on my way. The receptionist asked him what the charge was. His response?

"You're not charging him. He's saving that poor kid's life."

Now, I'm not the softest soul in the world, but I have to admit I teared up a bit at that.

I have seen evidence that this guy truly cares about animals on more than one occassion. He sometimes gets a little stressed as he's also the zoo vet in town, but he's ALWAYS kind to the animals, and always patient with explanations. A good vet isn't always easy to find in my understanding. He is one.

Vet Story #2

Pup1's ears flared up last week while we had so many other things going on. We called her vet and asked if we needed to bring her in for a check. The vet simply asked us what worked before for her, asked if we were comfortable doing the same thing, and refilled her last prescription for us. All we had to do was run in and pick it up.

We've been extremely lucky in getting good vet service after the initial fuckup with Pup1 and Kitty1's close-to-retirement and way past due vet finally retired.

Cool service now though.


Crazy busy weekend. Some of that is final work on LLT's enclosure and making everything tidy and clean in and around it. Some of it is ongoing maintenance for both animals and general house things before winter truly sets in. And some was just general Halloween/family/people related.

Mrs. NFB, remembering I've been looking for a little bitty tube amp for my guitfiddles for some time, jumped on a sale grenade for me and grabbed me a discontinued Peavey Valveking Royal 8 which should ship out this week sometime. Toys are always better when she plays a part in getting them for me. Should be some fun there.

Have some of her family over for jambalaya this Saturday. Last time I made it it was to die for. Plan on kicking it up a notch or two this time and cooking longer. Yay SPICE!

Mrs. NFB has been an immeasurable help with LLT's treatments thus far. I wouldn't be able to do it without her. And she held her for me while I cleaned her enclosure this weekend. When I asked if she thought she'd ever be a reptile person she responded, "no, not even a week ago." They seem to get along well. Mrs. NFB isn't able to pick her up without help yet, but she can keep hold of her once she has her quite easily.

As for LLT herself? Her personality is beginning to come out a little now that she's been getting some food down her gullet each day. She's starting to have a tiny little bit of energy, and loves to climb around on our clothes when we're holding her before and after feeding time. She'll sit with us for a few minutes a day, and most of the rest of her time is spent relaxing on the warm side of her enclosure. She likes to sleep with her arms sprawled back behind her, palms up, head flat, rear legs akimbo however they landed as she plopped down.

Can't wait to see how spry she is once she starts to come back to herself a bit more. She's already pretty quick when she wants to be. Probably be another little troublemaker once healed up and strong.

Hoping to get some time to myself this week. Last week was pretty much a wash with all the activities surrounding LLT. Hope to get some good pictures of her soon to show her off a bit.

Maybe some clips of the new amp when it arrives too.


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Great Vet story by debacle (4.00 / 1) #1 Mon Nov 02, 2009 at 11:41:34 AM EST
I'm not really happy with our dog's vet, but she's still a puppy so the health problems have been pretty limited for now. Are lizards social creatures?


Some of them. by nightflameblue (2.00 / 0) #2 Mon Nov 02, 2009 at 01:47:31 PM EST
Leopard Geckos are sort of the social butterfly of the gecko family from the sounds of it. LTT seems to have that in spades, as she watches us like a little hawk if we're around her enclosure, and she sure seems to enjoy hanging out on the couch with us. Not feeling so well she still does a lot of just curling up on our warm areas, legs, crooks of the arm, neck, but she will climb around on clothes right after she eats and is feeling all peppy.

My understanding is there are other geckos that just won't tolerate handling at all. Leopard's will sometimes crawl into hands that are in their enclosure for cleaning or other purposes just because.

Good vets are apparently a more and more rare commodity. You wouldn't think you'd enter that field if you didn't have a deep-seated love of animals, but apparently some either don't, or they lose it once they've spent too long dealing with them.

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Most Vets by debacle (2.00 / 0) #3 Mon Nov 02, 2009 at 01:57:13 PM EST
Make more than a PCP.


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Once Upon A Time by StackyMcRacky (2.00 / 0) #4 Mon Nov 02, 2009 at 02:06:18 PM EST
almost all physicians (animal and human) felt their profession was more of a calling than anything else.  that just doesn't seem to be the case any more :(

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I know a good vet in the Austin area... by greyshade (2.00 / 0) #5 Tue Nov 03, 2009 at 11:41:43 AM EST
If anyone ever needs a referral out that way.

"The other part of the fun is nibbling on them when they get off work." -vorheesleatherface
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