We made a "family" trip to our tiny little vet office today. The pets were due for Rabies vaccines, and we had several errands to run in town so we decided to bring the whole family along. It was slightly comical, to say the least.
We looked like rednecks coming through the door. Our dogs always work right beside us so we never use leashes. I don't even know if we own any. In order to stay in compliance with the "All dogs must be on a leash" sign, we had to grab a set of reins from our tack wall as a makeshift leash. But hey....it's better than using bailing twine! My inquisitive kids couldn't wait to take the pets for an adventure at the vet's office!
Imagine SEVEN people (including the doctor and vet tech), two dogs, and one cat in an exam room the size of the handicap stall in a Walmart bathroom. It was a TIGHT squeeze. All of the body heat made the room feel like a stuffy inferno.My oldest daughter carried the cat in a tiny little cage and when the vet tech pulled Miss Kitty out, pieces of hay went all over the exam table. The worst part is...I don't even know where the hay came from!
And the smell.... well, lets just say that the only baths my cow dogs ever get are from swimming in the irrigation water, and well.... the ditch shut down in September. There was a definite canine perfume in the air.
The vet told me that Boone (our14 year old dog) was in pretty good shape for the shape he's in. Totally deaf, nearly blind, a few growths, but his ticker is still ticking pretty good. I told the vet that since they told me Boone was dying four years ago, I consider every day a gift!
After the exams were finished, my husband just couldn't control himself and HAD to ask the vet a question to settle a little arguement we've had going on about the cows.( I bet vets hate settling husband/wife disputes! LOL!)
We got a load of new cows last month and had to treat one for ringworm. I told my husband that he shouldn't just put the cream on his finger and rub it on the cow without some sort of gloves on. Totally gross. He said that you can't get ringworm from cows. We've been cussin' and disscussin' the issue for weeks now, and he just couldn't wait to ask the vet.
The vet said that it's "unlikely" that you could get ringworm from a cow...a cat, yes....a cow, probably not. Then he said that cows get a slightly different strain of ringworm than humans.
"Unlikely" and "probably not" are not definitive enough answers for me.
I say, why chance it? Just rub the athlete's foot cream on the cow with a paper towel or a little stick to be safe. Who actually wants to find out about ringworm the hard way? (And there you have it. THIS is what husbands and wives discuss when they are doctoring cows in the chute.)
When we FINALLY left the exam room, the people in the waiting room chuckled. It looked like we were all stuffed in a clown car and people and pets just kept pouring out of the room, one after another.
Let's just say that we left an impression at the vet's office. Thankfully the vet is very nice, down to earth, and quite understanding when it comes to children, pets, and marital disputes.
(You can all sleep better tonight knowing that cows "probably" won't give you ring worm. Hahaahaa!)