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Anxiety Over Going to the Vet

Saturday, July 07, 2012

My cats are indoor, shy guys. Whenever I have to go to the vet, it is a major ordeal for me. I am bringing Harry in for his eye problem in about an hour and it's to a new vet. I feel anxious over driving with him even though he's in his carrier. He's such a shy guy and is so fearful of these infrequent trips. When he cries enroute, it makes me nervous. Silly, I know, and I just have to put my big girl pants on and concentrate that his eyeball needs help and this is the only way to get it.

Does anyone else go through this at pet-to-vet times?

  
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SKYEFYR 7/12/2012 3:35PM

  I'm not sure it it'll help Harry or not, or even if he'll sit still for it but....

Make yourself a cup of tea. :-)

Seriously - soak a teabag for about 3 minutes. Semi-squeeze the water out and let it get cool to the touch. Place it on his eye. It will draw out a lot of the infection and stuff that can build up in there. I know it's worked wonders when mine got pink eye. Or even sometimes with allergy season theirs will get all red and aggravated. It works and it's safe for them. Regular old black tea - the kind of bags you buy in the big boxes at the store - nothing special.

Works great for humans too at the end of a hard day or when your allergies act up and make you want to claw your eyes out.

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LIVINGFREE19 7/9/2012 9:33AM

    When my cats are crying while riding in the car I don't feel very good about it either. i think that is a natural emotion with our babies. Also, going to a new vet is scary for them and us because we don't know how they will be with our pride and joy also!

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FANGFACEKITTY 7/8/2012 1:13PM

    I'm so sorry Harry's not well but glad his eye drops are helping.

One of my cats, Tyler, howls and yowls at an ear splitting pitch the entire time he is in the carrier. A few years ago, when I broke my ankle and couldn't drive, my nephew who had only just received his first learning permit, came over to drive us all to the vet (me, 3 cats and my son). It was early March, there was a snow storm, my nephew was already extremely nervous about driving...and Tyler did his yowling thing. It was constant, the entire 20 minute drive each way. It was freaking me out and I was just the passenger. I felt so bad for my nephew but he got through the experience with only minimal emotional scarring LOL.

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ALEXSGIRL1 7/8/2012 9:20AM

    my pets are pretty good on teh way to the vets, but my dog did try to bite the vet once not good. I hope your cat is okay . they are part of the family and tug at our heart so. My prayers are with you both today

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JLITT62 7/8/2012 5:16AM

    I'm not really nervous, but tbe whole thing is just draining. Simba just howls the entire way - and is then perfectly happy at the vet. He HATES being shut into/out of something. Unfortunately he now sometimes pees in tbe car, too, which is very frustrating. And he needs to go every couple of months.

Hopefully you're recovered now!

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SHEILA234 7/7/2012 9:39PM

    My Roscoe lets out his first cry when we get to the elevator (going to the car), and then a few on the way there. Once I walk into the vet's office with him, though, he's full into "I'm pretending I'm not here" mode. By that time, he has got himself fully UNDER the bath towel I had on the floor of the cat carrier, and he sits there, absolutely still and silent, all the time we're waiting to get called in for his appointment. I'm sure that he thinks because he is covered up I will think he isn't there. Too sweet! :) I hope your appointment with your kitty went went today, Jesse.

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CATLADY52 7/7/2012 9:22PM

    With six cats we have six trips to the vet and each cat has a slightly different persona. Three are quiet and well mannered. Two are noisy but calm. The last one is the old man of the group and he starts meowing or maybe I should say meyowling the minute he gets put in the carrier. I think he can be heard two counties away.

Needless to say, it is always a fun trip. emoticon

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NATPLUMMER 7/7/2012 6:16PM

    I feel the same way when we need to bring out kitties in.
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Happy Birthday, USA!

Wednesday, July 04, 2012

Oh, how I've cherished my freedom and independence all my life! And have never taken this country for granted.

With a heart full of love and appreciation, I hope like mad that we are able to surmount so many obstacles in our future.

Happy Birthday to this good ole USA of ours.

  
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SKYEFYR 7/6/2012 2:19PM

  There you are! :-) Hope you enjoyed your holiday!

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ALEXSGIRL1 7/5/2012 7:16PM

    happy 4th and happy everyday to you hugs

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RUNNER12COM 7/4/2012 10:02PM

    Happy Independence Day!

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NATPLUMMER 7/4/2012 12:09PM

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SAINTBETH 7/4/2012 10:42AM

    Amen!

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NANCY- 7/4/2012 9:32AM

    Amen!
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NIGHTOWLKIM 7/4/2012 12:28AM

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Here, here!

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Blogging Before Planned Power Outtage

Tuesday, July 03, 2012

The power is being turned off in my neighborhood for about three hours and I wanted to blog before that happens in a few minutes. They are doing a repair, so at least I can plan around this.

However, it really reminds me how our world would be very different if we lost our main grids for any reason. Wow, think of all the people who'd go haywire not being able to text or tweet!

WIshing all a happy day and a fun and safe 4th. Happy B'day USA!

  
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SKYEFYR 7/6/2012 2:22PM

  My husband would have to be put into a loony bin if he lost his ability to facebook.

At least you were warned! We lost power at work yesterday. There was a cable company truck working on a pole and they claim they didn't do it - but it's quite the coincidence that they went up the pole and our power went out. I ended up taking my work home with me and doing it there, but I couldn't do most of it since I couldn't log into the servers here. Makes me realize how bad things would be if we lost power for a long time or if the systems crashed. What did we do before electricity?

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SIMPLELIFE4REAL 7/5/2012 4:21PM

    I hope you had a great 4th of July!

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SHOOTIN4STARS 7/3/2012 11:59PM

    That would be something. I would be unaffected seeing as I don't text or tweet. emoticon

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MEETSADMAMA 7/3/2012 7:11PM

    We lost a main power grid a few years back and it left our entire town powerless for just over 2 full days. Can't touch the fridge or freezer or everything inside it was garbage within a few hours, especially in the heat wave we were having at the time. No stores could open (I didn't realize that I depended on them so often!! Couldn't even get more propane for the BBQ or gas for the car and it was more than just our town, even further than our county. It was almost all of southern Ontario and parts of upstate NY. It just goes to show you how big a main power grid truly can be!! It sure can be a big eye opener that's for sure!!

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CATLADY52 7/3/2012 4:54PM

    Like living for the rest of your life on a desert island. emoticon

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ALEXSGIRL1 7/3/2012 4:01PM

    we lost power here for a week in october right before Halloween we had no way to heat the house. we felt like little house on the prarie lol. we washed our hair with cold water in the sink and dryed it in the sun. My son made a soup in a big pot with all our meats that was going bad outside on a real camp fire, best soup we ever had. we all huddled on the couch and tried to read or play cards from the light of one small lamp and i have teenagers. But they both walked up the street to the firestation to plug in their laptops and phones . It brought us together but i wouldn;t do it again.

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NATPLUMMER 7/3/2012 3:21PM

    At least you have warning.
Have a great holiday!!

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BLUE42DOWN 7/3/2012 1:10PM

    We had something similar at work a couple months ago with the power company replacing some major item and shutting power off for 6 hours.

The biggest concern I'd have from a power outage (which is kind of sad) is the food in my fridge and freezer. In the past I might have simply eaten anything that didn't need heating to "save" it. Being out of contact wouldn't phase me. I'd just read or go for a long walk.

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NANCY- 7/3/2012 12:44PM

    Planned power outage. At least you had a heads up and could prep for it. Hopefully they will finish the repair early.
Have a Happy 4th!!!

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DIBANANA 7/3/2012 11:43AM

  Good planning. I too think about how different my life is from say my grandmother's. We are lucky in some ways and not in others.

Keep Sparking

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Suddenly, I have To Log In Each Time

Monday, July 02, 2012

Even though I check "remember me," and nothing has changed on my computer, I suddenly have to log into SP almost every time I visit the site. Wonder why. Anyone else experiencing this change for no apparent reason?

Other than that, I have nothing to say today.

  
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SKYEFYR 7/6/2012 2:23PM

  Every now and then it happens to me, but usually only for a few days. Hope it rectifies itself!

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SIMPLELIFE4REAL 7/5/2012 4:22PM

    Has this gotten resolved? That would be a pain in the patodie

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AUTISMBUSAIDE 7/3/2012 3:28PM

    i been having the same trouble for a few days

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PUNKY100 7/3/2012 2:29PM

    Cookies!!! Just delete all of your cookies for sparkpeople and that should do it. :-D

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MIRAGE727 7/3/2012 2:07PM

    Check your preferences/options on your browser, possibly for security & history too. This could be the problem. All the best.

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NANCY- 7/3/2012 12:42PM

    I did have an issue a while back where for a couple of hours I did have to log in, then it was fine and I didn't have to log in.. perhaps it is SP doing site maintenance.

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CATLADY52 7/2/2012 9:27PM

    I've had that problem before and think it definitely something to do with IE. emoticon

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RAINEMARIE214 7/2/2012 3:32PM

    That happens to me too. When I'm at work I use Internet Explorer, and if I close the web browser, I have to log back in. If I never close the web browser, but just navigate through different websites, I dont have to log back in. At home I use Google Chrome and I never have a problem. I also never have a problem with Safari on my iPad, so I think for me it is just Internet Explorer.

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NATPLUMMER 7/2/2012 2:52PM

    That's been happening to me a lot lately when I'm at home. At work, I stay logged in with no problem. What browser are you using? I've been using Firefox at work but I use Safari at home.

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Maybe I Should Blog Again

Sunday, July 01, 2012

It's been a few weeks since I last blogged. BTW, happy month of July - ALREADY! Half of 2012 gone!

Been going through one of my rebellious phases - AGAIN! The "I don't wanna do this" type of phase. Yes, I've kept mega-exercising. Eating FAIRLY well.

About a month ago, after four months of no caffeine or sugar, I blogged that I was going to learn moderation and have them both back in my life.

Immediately after putting the welcome mat out to both icky substances, I felt the difference. Totally terrible, in many ways.

I'm in the process of reversing that - again. Will try as many attempts as it takes for it to sink into my bonehead that neither agrees with me.

Okay, so I've always wondered why I should blog. For one thing, I notice that it brings my health-related thoughts out from the ethereal to the real. As real as a blog in virtual reality can be. Seeing them concretely stated, it's harder to ignore what's truly going on.

Sending hugs to all in the storm, heat, fire areas of our dear country. I've been through them all and understand completely.

Wishing all a happy day.

  
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SKYEFYR 7/6/2012 2:28PM

  Blogging helps keep me on track too. I make myself admit when I screw up and just putting it in type makes it that much more real. Almost like having to track my food like the calories don't really count or add up if I don't see them in black and white.

Besides, it keeps me in touch with my friends on the other side of the country! Can't lose track of them!

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NANCY- 7/2/2012 8:04AM

    Welcome back!
I have missed your blogs. Blogging is great because it slows me down and I can catch those fleeting thoughts. It helps clarify plans, direction, Blogging can inspire others too. Also the feedback can be helpful and enlightening.


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RYDERB 7/1/2012 7:30PM

    So many articles report that journaling is suppose to help you lose weight and not just keeping a food journal

You can do it

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SIMPLELIFE4REAL 7/1/2012 7:04PM

    I decided to blog daily for the month of July for accountability....we can cheer each other on.

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NATPLUMMER 7/1/2012 2:45PM

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