The Crazy Suburban Mom: NorthStar Vets, Thank you!

Thursday, September 22, 2011

NorthStar Vets, Thank you!

I know there have been a lot of pet posts lately but a new dog is like  a new kid and just when things are settling down (except for some separation anxiety) I fed Ventura too much this morning and he threw up his worm medicine and I had to get more and did I say (lately) how grateful I am to Enpac for sending me Ensorb  because OMG as I said in this Tweet...

Yuk, for real.

 Besides that, over the weekend Tazzy got sick.

And not just a sneeze; I thought I was going to lose her.  I'm still not sure she's alright.  It was all so unexpected.  We'd been out and when we came back I went to give Tazzy a scratch.  She had a big lump on her underside.

Tazzy's got a huge egg laying problem and I figured she was egg bound.  The odd thing was she used to lay a lot more and over the last six months or so she'd slowed down some so this...  This was just weird; plus the lump was soft which wasn't what I was expecting.

I called the emergency after hours vet place because they don't always have a vet who will see birds ... And they said they did have one but just for fifteen more minutes so I grabbed Taz and we boogied.  They took her in but in a few minutes the Vet brought her back out and said, I'm very worried about your little bird.  

Seems she sees birds but she wasn't a bird expert and Tazzy's lump was beyond her so she sent me to an emergency Vet Hospital an hour away.  I can't tell you how fabulous this place is except to say if I'm ever sick....

 Take me to Northstar!

It's called NorthStar Vets - Veterinary Emergancy Trauma and Specilaty Center and I'm going to show you some pictures (from their Flickr account).

It looks like a hotel, it's so big!

This was the ER reception area, amazing right?

This is the Vet and the Technician who saw Tazzy (that's not Tazzy)...

And FYI, they stayed past their hours to see Tazzy.  They were scheduled to leave around the time we arrived at the first place but that place told them we were coming and they waited to see us and stayed - Hours.  Hours! To take care of my little Tazzy!   And I saw the vet kiss her on he head.  Can't say I've ever seen that before....

 How sweet is that, seriously?  

The probable diagnosis was a yolk peritonitis, pending more lab work.  The lump was fluid and they aspirated it.  It was SO much - About 25% of her weight - Wow, is all I can say.  She went in weighing 136 grams and after the fluid was gone she weighed 109....

She needs to stop laying eggs.  I have tried in the past but I guess I need to try again with her.  She's on some medicine and 'seems' okay, no swelling and she's eating and drinking.  A little quiet and no eggs.

By the way they have tons of specialties during regular hours :  Avian and Exotics, Cardiology, Dentistry, Dermatology, Emergency, Trauma & Critical Care, Internal Medicine, Oncology, Ophthalmology, Pet Loss Support, Radioiodine, Radiology, Rehabilitation & Pain Management, Surgery, Theriogenology.

And I'm considering bringing Ventura there for a physical therapy evaluation.  It's far so it's not like I can make that kind of drive twice a week or anything but I'd like to know if there's anything I can do to help his leg.  His break is healed and one pin is out but he did have the break for three months before it was even treated and he does limp - Maybe they can help him.


Storm, The Psychotic Housewife 9/22/11, 1:04 PM  

That is one awesome clinic if they stayed later. Kudos to them! I'm glad to hear Tazzy is feeling better! It really is hard when you have a slightly different pet to find good vets at a moment's notice.

The Crazy Suburban Mom 9/22/11, 1:35 PM  

Storm, I've been so dissapointed in urgent care centers where birds are concerned. How can you know nothing of birds? I mean its not like they are uncommon pets

Lynette 9/22/11, 2:28 PM  

now you have the vet bill.....ouch that is the one that hurts. but our pets are our babies and we can't have them hurting, can we?

The Crazy Suburban Mom 9/22/11, 4:30 PM  

Lynette, True enough :) Although I will say that despite the awesomeness of the place the bill was not as much as I thought it would be (for real) and they take care credit ( something I didn't know vets did.

Lin 9/22/11, 4:30 PM  

Owie. That place has GOT to be expensive. But you gotta do what you gotta do--I've been there.

What is with that---yolk peritonitis?! Criminy. I think I had that last year. Tell Taz to quit the crap so we can quit worrying about her. Eggs are soooo not worth it.

Give her a big Aunt Lin smoochie (on her head) and tell her we love her.

The Crazy Suburban Mom 9/22/11, 4:33 PM  

Lin, see the above comment! To be honest it was on par with what vets charge around here - And the meds were actually less then they charge.

I will smooch her for you :)

Vonlipi 9/22/11, 10:09 PM  

A good vet is so important to have! We love our pets so much that we just want good care and money doesn't really matter.

At one point we had 6 cats including a diabetic who needed tons of care. We couldn't go on vacation or work on the house because money was so tight, but we took care of our cats.

Babes Mami 9/25/11, 12:55 PM  

Glad Tazzy is better, I didn't know you could stop them from laying eggs.

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