Saturday morning I was up early and off to see the vet at 9, but this time it wasn’t Max making the trip, it was our cat Charlie.
I’ve noticed for the last couple of months that Charlie had been favouring his left ear. It didn’t seem to bother him a lot, but he would kind of flinch whenever I touched it. It was a little dirty, but nothing seemed to be amiss. Just to be sure, I decided Friday night that he would make a rare appearance at the animal clinic the minute it opened on Saturday morning. In the 7 or 8 years we’ve had him, I’ve only had to take him once. That’s a pretty good record.
Saturday morning I loaded him into a pet carrier that was a little more work than I would have liked. He didn’t want to get in that thing, but with a little maneuvering and a bit of a shove it was finally done, and he wasn’t the least bit happy with it. We left the house at about 8:45. The clinic opened at 9 and I didn’t want to sit in the reception area for an hour waiting to see the vet. As it turned out, we were first in the door and first up.
When we got in the office the vet did a quick look over and then grabbed a Q-tip to grab a sample from Charlie’s ear. Then she was off to slide the sample under a microscope for a closer look. When she got back she gave me the verdict. Charlie’s ear is plugged with a lot of wax and a bit of a yeast infection tossed in. She gave me some medicine to drop into his ear twice daily, but let me know that they might eventually might have to flush his ear canal, which she really didn’t want to do. Apparently that could lead to loss of balance or loss of hearing. Well, lets hope the drops work.
Within minutes I had Charlie crammed back into the carrier and we were on our way home. It was the quickest trip to the vet I had ever made. We were in there for about 10 minutes and it only cost me about $16 per minute!
We have to go back for another check-up in a couple of weeks.
That should give me enough time to figure out an easier way to get Charlie back into the carrier!