Well, the vet appointment on Saturday went well (I think).
We (went with a friend who wanted to check out the Animal Hospital) spent less than 5 minutes waiting after we checked in. Didn't have to fill out any new patient paperwork because I gave them all the information over the phone while making the appointment.
After we got into the room, we spent no more than 2 minutes waiting for the vet after the pet nurse was finished. Amazing - the shortest wait I've ever had.
When the vet got in, she explained to me the tests that she wanted to do to figure out if there was a cause other than allergies causing the itchy feet. Ran the tests and they all came back negative for yeast and mites. Unfortunately, she found a bacterial infection so Loki was put on antibiotics. Gave us a prescription for these special wipes that are anti-fungal and anti-bacterial so that we could prevent future infections.
I asked her about a cyst that we found in NC under his armpit. (The vet in NC told us to just have it checked out every once in a while). She gave me a very confused look after touching it and said that it was probably a microchip. I returned her confused look and told her that the vet in NC said that they implanted the microchip between the shoulder blades. A quick scan revealed that Loki actually has two microchips... Odd. I know I put one in, but the other one?? Pet store? Breeder? I have the numbers - one is European and one is American but I have no idea how to look up the information based on the numbers. I guess I'll have to call the vet in NC up and see if they actually put two in... although I do not remember signing the paperwork for two.
The animal hospital was actually amazing. From appointment making to actual appointment to follow up... the service was well worth the price ($60 for an office visit). I was on the phone with an emergency tech without even being put on hold when I called in this morning about antibiotic side-effects.
As for the allergies, the vet said that they had a dermatologist in-house that could help me do the testing and the de-sensitization, but he'd be on the shots for the rest of his life. By the way she said rest-of-his-life and asked me if there were any problem areas for him, I think she was just hinting that I should just keep a better look-out. Stayed with the time-old recommendation of Benedryl and sent us on our way.
Grr. Problem dog. He's lucky he's so cute and that I like him so much. The money I made from working this week covered only half the cost for this visit.