Last week we took our new pet rabbit to the vet's for the first time. We might have done that sooner, but we did have some schedule conflicts. Also we were debating whether to buy pet health insurance while we could still honestly attest to knowing of no existing conditions. It looks like it wouldn't be worth it, even if the new rabbit has the same health problems as our lost one has. (Pet health insurance still isn't very good.)
When we put our rabbit in his carrier he peed, making a mess we'd have to clean up at the vet's. Understandable nervousness? Perhaps, but he also peed in the vet's office, and when he was taken in back for a blood sample he piddled on at least one person there. And that after the vet had massaged his bladder to force him to pee on the table, providing a urine sample that let us know his kidneys are fine Also that apparently he's as much as 85 percent bladder by volume.
It was our first visit to the vet's since we picked up our lost rabbit's ashes. We'd wondered what they might think of our getting a new rabbit so soon. The staff seemed glad more than anything else. The main veterinarian greeted us with first a couple words about our poor lost rabbit. But then he took a look at the new an said ``what a well-socialized rabbit''. And it's so; he may not be as obviously energetic or mischievous as our lost rabbit, but he is inquisitive and exploring and fearless.
The health report: he's basically fine. His kidneys are in good shape, clearly. He's a little anemic, but apparently Flemish giants are prone to that and if he gets enough pellets and hay he should be good. He's a skilled hay-eater. He did have mites, explaining why he seemed to scratch his back a lot. He's on a monthly dose of Revolution --- the same stuff that knocked out our lost rabbit's fly strike remnants --- and a week's worth of eardrops. The eardrops are kind of a relief, honestly. It was weird having a rabbit with no particular medical needs. (We give him a joint support tablet, morning and night, but that's not a necessity. It's just a ward cast against arthritis later in life.)
The best part of the day was that T----, who'd given our lost rabbit his cold laser therapy, had the time free to meet our new one. If we should happen not to see her again then our last time will be her hugging the new rabbit, delighted, and not weeping at our loss.
Trivia: The Watt and Shand Department Store of Lancaster, Pennsylvania, still used a pneumatic tube system for collecting payment and returning change through to the 1950s, rather than cash registers. Source: Service and Style: How the American Department Store Fashioned The Middle Class, Jan Whitaker.
Currently Reading: The Complete Peanuts 1983-84, Charles Schulz. Editor Gary Groth.