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Agatha has a checkup

Agatha's on a 3-month checkup schedule now that the blood pressure seems stable, and today was the day. Summary: things are still OK, so keep with the current medication and come back in 3 months.

Longer report:

These visits ain't quick, though how much is inevitable and how much is this vet office, I don't know. Mega-corp VCA owned that it is, you'd expect a little more efficiency and/or time limits--maybe my preferred Sunday morning timeslots mean the office is more relaxed. Or less efficient.

I got there at 9, and pulled out of the parking lot at 10:30. In between was lots of waiting time for unexplained reasons, and some for explained reasons (getting a second blood pressure machine, waiting on the vet after the technician took the BP, vet researching options for blood work combo-pricing, and a long wait when they took Agatha in the back to try to draw the blood). But the BP was normal, i.e. controlled by the meds, her weight is stable, her eyes are OK (though she's still almost completely blind). The lumps at several of her nipples are maybe a little larger, and that is one thing I was asking about--what's a likely progression for that? The answer is that if it's a mammary cancer, it's probably not going to cause her pain directly. If it metastasizes, it would probably be to the lungs, and I'd see her starting to sit up more and trying to find ways to breathe better. Dr. Dunn thought that Agatha, with the other health issues, will probably die from something else before it gets that far, though.

Oh, and one bit of very helpful information, garnered when I told Dr. Dunn that I'd be asking for a prescription from an online vet pharmacy for the Amlodipine, which VCA charges >$6.50/pill for, but online sources offer for as low as $0.19. (I'm still not sure I believe that one, but a different source offers it at $0.76.) Though they only tell you this if you ask, VCA will match prices for certain online pharmacies, and the $0.19 place is one of them, supposedly. You can bet I'll be checking that out when next I need a refill. It's worth something to have them quarter the little bitty tablets for me, but it's not worth over $6 a pill.

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the_celestia
Mar. 15th, 2009 09:50 pm (UTC)
Thank you for that bit of information regarding price-matching, because I also use a VCA animal hospital, and while I find their care to be some of the best available in this area, a full day's pay for a course of antibiotics cut very dearly into my budget...for something I could easily get online for pennies on the dollar.
shrewreader
Mar. 16th, 2009 01:36 am (UTC)
VCA?
nlbarber
Mar. 16th, 2009 02:12 am (UTC)
Veterinary Centers of America. They bought out Pets Are People, Too a while ago, apparently--their business model is to buy existing practices and then run them.

I'm using them only for Agatha, because the vet she'd been seeing for several years for the kidney disease moved to this practice. I'd probably also use them for after-hours emergencies, as the time I used the Gwinnett emergency location I thought it was merely OK.
shrewreader
Mar. 16th, 2009 01:32 pm (UTC)
Gotcha!! I just know those folks as the Pets are people people across the gully from the drugstore. :)
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