Panda will have the sedation just for a shave as his fear is still so great of being restrained in any way..aka taking him to a groomers is out of the question. As it's just me with the furkids I can't do it myself. I'm always a basketcase the evening before and the actual day that Panda needs anesthics.
Tomorrow, I'm taking him to a different vet for his sedation and shave as my vet was going to charge me the usual rate of 500 to have this done and I found a local vet that will do it for 300. (This will be the fourth time I've had this procedure done.)
I was also a little ticked that the vets office didn't offer me a deal as I've been a regular and frequent customer. All the pets over the years have always had the best medical care and I'm sure I've paid for 1/2 that clinic in the 17 years I've been going there. It was only a few weeks ago I paid 600 for Blue's dental and 200 for Dusty's, my recently adopted foster cat's blood work so I was a bit cash strapped. I decided to shop around.
Tonight, I'm having second thoughts as it's not really about the money as Panda, is far more important. I have used this vet before as the foster kitties go to this one for spaying and neutering as he's under contract with the shelter. Still, I've always felt far more comfortable with my own vet. My vets office always calls the night before to make sure no foods or drinks after a certain time period. This one didn't.Now I'm second guessing myself and just rambling. I'm just worried.
Please keep Panda in your thoughts tomorrow.
|Thinking of you and Panda, Marianne!|
|I'm sure it will be okay. Good thoughts to you!|
I hope it all goes well!
|Good Luck with everything Marianne. I'm sure Panda will be fine. It will be worth all the worry to get your nice shaved sheepie home again. Maybe it costs less there because they don't do the 'extra' things like the call the night before about the food etc. but you know the routine and I'm sure they'll do a great job.
I know its easy for me to say but try not to worry.
|HUGS for you and Panda, you will both be fine!!!!!!!!!!!! I agree that 300 is mcu more reasonable than 500, FOR A HAIRCUT|
|Poor Panda...(and Marianne too!).............Sheepie fingers crossed and a big sloppy wet kiss from Heart when he comes home, clean-shaven....|
|Good luck,Marianne and Panda. We always have second thoughts when we step out of the box. But some times we just have to take the chance. You've used the vet before with good results and you're dealing with a professional. It will be Okay.|
|That is still one expensive haircut.
I know how nerve wracking it is anytime anesthesia is involved. Best wishes to you and Panda tomorrow.
|Good luck Panda, we will be thinking of you and your Mommy. Sheepie/Aussie Hugs, China and Violet.|
|Good luck with Panda.... however I am a little confused here.... why does panda have to go completely under anesthesia to have a shave down, I understand about the being afraid of clippers and such. I also dont understand why they would charge you a couple hundred dollars..... At our clinic we would just give them some good sedation drugs like torb or if that didnt work we would go with dormitor and torb. The domitor and torb is heavy sedation, easily reversed within minutes and it doesnt cost anything plus they dont need IV fluids so that takes catheter charges out but they would get subcutaneous fluids instead. The total would come out to be around $150 if that. Has the vet offered this at all? It is safer on both you and the pet. The only side effect of domitor is that the heart rate goes down but that is a normal reaction to this drug and then atropine would just be given and it would all be fine.... I seem to just not understand the cost part of it at that particular vets office.|
|Thinking good thoughts for you & Panda today, Marianne.|
|Hoping all goes well today!|
|Hugs to both of you, he will do fine, mom may be a nervous wreck but that will pass when Panda is home again with you.
Panda is blessed to have such a wonderful mom.
|I hope everything went well today. Sorry I am late posting.
Looking forward to new Panda Pics.
|I've been popping in off and on to see if there's an update on Panda.
Hoping he's just happily sleeping it off and that you can rest easy now too.
|Poor Panda. I hope that all is well.
Laurie and Oscar
|We just got home! Thanks for the well wishes everyone!
Got my naked boy!!!
Oh groaners what a day. I drove them crazy as I had called them every hour on the hour asking how Panda was doing. To be told of numerous emergencies that had arrived and so Panda hadn't been done. By 2 I was losing a bit of patience but tried to be understanding as emergency surgeries are a priority.
By 3pm I thought I was gonna lose it when they asked if I'd mind bringing him in another day....<(&*^&%^%$%! Now I felt super quilty as my regular vet clinic has 3-4 vets and this would never have happened. I had to arrange things in order to get there this morning..aka being late for work and the huge amount of work it was to make sure no food or water was out ..with 24 critters thats a major undertaking..so I said NO.
They said they would stay late. Then I felt really quilty thinking what if they rush and make a mistake or hurt his hips as a result?
I go home to wait and get a phone call from the Shelter co-ordinator who asked if I could possibly foster just ONE MORE. Turns out a cat was brought in and was getting a broken leg fixed and would need a foster home afterwards.
Guess what vets office she was at? The shelter uses numerous ones and she just happened to be at this same one. OMG! another coincidence...probably why they didn't get to Panda as quickly as they had wanted...due to the kitty that was brought into the shelter and then driven to the vets..the same vet as Panda and I'll end up being this kitty's foster mom.
Back to Panda:They said they tried to do him with local, but like I prewarned them, he became almost frantic and totally stressed so they had to give him full anesthetic. Panda would totally suprise you with the change and no one seems to believe he's capable. The sweet dog who loves kids, people, bunnies, cats , becomes wide eyed and bucks like a horse, while howling as if in mortal agony if restrained in any way.
I'm dissapointed however as I asked that they check his teeth while he was under and they said the doctor planned on it but he awoke too quickly. (That wouldn't have happened at my vets...grumble grumble).
Oh well on the grand scheme of things in life..while bothersome I can live with it as PANDA IS OKAY!!!
It always cost this amount and I did price shop this time at 4 different vet offices. I mentioned this one was the least inexpensive at 300 but the other times it's cost 500. I hope as the years go by I won't need to do this again. He is getting better with grooming..really!
Pepsi's Mommy wrote:
I hope everything went well today. Sorry I am late posting.
Looking forward to new Panda Pics.
Ditto! I'm sure Panda will come through with flying colors....and a sporty new look!
|Yay for Nekkid Panda!|
|Good to hear you and Panda came through ok Marianne|
|Yay! I'm glad he's okay.
Marianne, Have you ever tried to shave him down yourself?
Maybe he would be okay with you.
|Whoops! I guess I missed "Page 2"!
YAY! Im so glad all is well....hurry with the pics!
|Glad all went OK, I'm with Elissa there have you tried it yourself?
Can you borrow some clippers to try or would the noise upset him?
You can also just use scissors and cut off here an there, bit by bit, over a few days while he is relaxed is the time to do it.
If he is getting better for you with grooming, might be worth a try
So show us the new nekid panda
|I'm glad he's okay, but I'm sure I would've been annoyed that they even tried local after you told them specifically that he would not tolerate it. Poor fellow. I am glad he's home and is okay!|
|Thanks again for the well wishes for Panda.
I was celebrating as it was another milestone for this boy - I actually did manage to scissor cut a bit of his back!!! This is huge as not only do clippers cause him stress but scissors as well. Just having them in my hand causes his lip to quiver uncontrolably (he's never tried to bite but I also know body language and have stopped). Just a snip here and there the last three years..always increasing it by a mere min.
He allows me to clip a bit of the front (when he can see me) Good for me too as I always watch his lips. Not so good, when I'm by myself and try something on the side or back. This time I had a friend gage his face and if anyone was watching they would chuckle at the ahhh ahhhh ohhh ohhhh (sounds emitting from my friend observing Panda's face).
Another friend told me to get horse clippers as they are considered pretty noiseless as the sound of clippers drives Panda insane. (Wonder what happened to my boy to make him so terrified of them?)
The cost for a good pair was 200 when I went to get some a few days ago. I decided to spend the money on the vet instead and put the Horse clippers on my wish list for Christmas as Panda's coat was a bit too far gone this time.
Poor Panda even had a clump of burrs stuck on the inside of his ears! I managed to get most of the others out..he even had one dangling from his lip! I think I would have eventually got them over time but felt Panda must be so uncomfortable, better let the vet shave him down. Now back to square one - He's actually come to enjoy me brushing him.
I know it seems like an incredible amount of time..over 3 years and I sound like a broken record but I see an improvement of what he'll tolerate and I keep repeating my mantra...I have the patience.
You know I'll post here and tell you guys all about it!!! That's what I'm striving for.
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