Vet Exams Opie & Marigold

Seems like we were just there not long ago, and that is true. I just took them for needed shots and postponed exams as I was in a hurry. Now is exam time. Once again I got the two scheduled together in order to reduce the number of vet visits. Well, to make a short story even shorter, they both needed dental work. Marigold needs a cleaning and Opie had two painful teeth being absorbed that needed to come out as soon as possible. That happened even before I post this. Perhaps a happy mouth will improve her opinion of Scooby. Marigold will be scheduled somewhat in the future as she isn’t too bad, but we don’t want her to get that way. She is 14 and never had her teeth cleaned! Here are a few photos of exam visit.

Scooby looking at cat carrier

What are you doing in there, Opie?

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Going to the veterinarian

Opie and Marigold are going to the veterinarian for annual injections.

Opie Marigold cats cat carriers

Opie and Marigold going to the vet for routine injections

Scooby tent

Scooby says have a nice trip!

scooby zeke window

Scooby and Zeke, “Are they back yet?” “Not yet”

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Zeke and the bee

This is the story of Zeke and the bee.

Zeke in catio

Zeke in catio

As much as I would like to think so, it is not always a safe place outside in the catio. This week I happened to stick my head outside the window, to see what was happening out there. Zeke was at the bottom, trying to catch a bug with his two front paws. I instantly knew that this was potentially trouble! I shouted at him, but he took no notice of me. Suddenly, he lets the bug go free, and it flies away. Then he comes jumping through the window, and running through the house on three feet. He is holding his right front paw in the air, and shaking it. Yes, he got stung by a bee.

He spent time licking his paw, and seemed to be not badly affected otherwise. I decided not to take him to the veterinarian. I would just monitor his health closely. That was a mistake.

In two days, he was walking well upon his foot, as though nothing had happened. He was eating and drinking, and normal in every way–almost! I noticed that he began drooling saliva like an old hound dog! He was soaked! It was time to call the veterinarian.


Zeke did not want to go to the veterinarian. He never does want to go to the veterinarian. “It is for your own good,” I said. So, I put him into his carrier, and drove to the veterinarian.

The veterinarian technician weighed Zeke. She took his temperature. Then she wrapped him in a blanket to calm him, while he waited for the arrival of the veterinarian.


Zeke was very still and calm. He was wrapped in the magical Blanket of Invisibility. No one could find him now. Well, maybe someone could find him, if they looked closer.

Zeke in the Blanket of Invisibility

After a thorough examination, the diagnosis was that Zeke was in excellent health–except for the fact he was drooling.

Since I saw him get stung by the bee, we decided that must be the cause, and he got an injection of antihistamin drug. That was a few days ago. I can report today, that he has stopped drooling. It was caused by the reaction to the bee sting. Another “crisis” is over–until the next time!