Hi humans, it's Kero here.
I've had a rough day, and I wanted to share it with you all.
When we went to go out for our walkies this morning we discovered it was raining again, so we got wet. But Mami said we were having a car ride in a bit, so I wasn't too upset. We went back inside and Mami did things like feeding Gwydion and such. And while she was just finishing up - and just after she told me she'd be getting me ready for the car ride in a moment - Mamgu showed up. I was really excited, but more so when Dadi got in the car too. Car ride with Mamgu and both my humans... Alright!
If I'd only known where we were going I wouldn't have been nearly as excited.
They took me to the vet!
My shots aren't officially due until next month, but they did them while we were there. The shots weren't the reason for the vet trip, the humans - including the vet - just agreed we'd do them while we were there to get them done so I "hopefully" don't have to go back for some time. Plus, I think Mami was hoping to get them done slightly early because they're due in September, and that's when we're hoping to do the moving house thing the humans keep talking about. I think I remember doing one of those a few years ago... If I remember right, they're stressful, and they mean stuff gets put in boxes and we go to somewhere I've never smelled before, which the humans then spend weeks convincing me is home now, until I finally give in and accept it as home, despite my confusion as to why we're actually there.
Anyway... Like I said, I had my shots, and I was a big, brave boy for my shot... Not so much as a whimper! And I got my full check-up, and the vet says I'm fine. I still keep being sick from time to time, so the vet told Mami I should be on dry food, but - as Mami explained to the vet - the reason I'm not is because I refuse to eat it. Mami tried me on dry food, but I hate the stuff. I will only eat certain foods, and dry food doesn't feature (I tip it out of my bowl, take the bowl to hit the humans on the shin with it, and insist they put something else in it... Something more to my liking). So the vet agreed with Mami that it's better to risk me having an upset tummy than for me to be starving because I don't like the stuff which would be better for me with my issue where I'm sick a lot.
Again, that wasn't why I was at the vet.
So, why was it that I went today? Well, I picked up one of those tick things. It was just above my left eye, and the humans couldn't remove it. They tried, but all that happened was I got upset and stressed, because it hurt when they even touched near the area. My humans knew the tick couldn't stay there, so the only thing they could do was to take me to the vet to get it removed (and Mami figured she'd try and get my shots done at the same time to save making two trips, and save a bit of money).
Anyway, they ended up putting a muzzle on me - twice, actually, because the first time I managed to remove it - then two vet nurses held me down while the vet removed the tick. It didn't want out, and it hurt so much that I kept trying to get away (I never tried to bite anyone, Mami just suggested the muzzle as a procaution, because she knew - from Mamgu and her attempting to remove the tick - that it hurt me a lot). I was so relieved when they finally got the nasty thing removed (whole).
It's a bit swollen and sore where the tick was, but other than that there are no lasting effects from having it atatched to me for the few days it was stuck there. Like I said, the vet gave me a clean bill of health (much to Mami and Dadi's relief).
Mamgu had to be somewhere else just after the time when my appointment was, so she just dropped us off at the vet and left, and we got a taxi home. We might have walked, but it was still raining, so we all agreed a taxi would be better.
I've spent most of the rest of the day sleeping off my not-so-fun adventure.
Licks and sniffs,