Wednesday, November 21, 2007

Paws for Thanks

I don’t do link lists very often, but there have been SO many interesting posts recently!

Thanksgiving must be stirring up people’s creative juices. Nothing like a murdered bird to start people thinking…oops, my PETA’s showing!

First, though, I want to offer up the story of OUR very own Thanksgiving miracle.

Last night, Brett and I noticed Hannah was really babying her right front paw. I was giving her a bunny massage and every time I got close to that right side, she’d flinch. We got panicky right away, worried about a sprain or a break.

This morning I took her to the vet. I was worried we’d have to fork over our already meager Christmas savings to the vet. But, the vet discovered one of Hannah’s nails had broken off and become lodged in her paw, causing all her pain. Hannah reared back when the vet removed the nail, but then she almost immediately perked up!

The vet decided not to charge us for the nail trim, and only for the office visit. The whole thing cost us less than $40! This was a new vet, and I was really impressed with how well she handled Hannah, how long she spent in the exam room with us, and how resistant she was to giving Hannah any drugs (too many meds put rabbits at risk, health wise).

Other good news is that since Hillcrest opens at 7:00 a.m., I was able to get all this done AND get to work on time.

I also want to offer up props to Hillcrest Animal Hospital! We’ve been to several clinics, and having an “exotic” makes it more difficult to find qualified vets. Hillcrest is “no appointment necessary,” has early morning, late evening, AND weekend hours, as well as an emergency hotline and vet-on-call. The prices at Hillcrest are the BEST we’ve seen, especially for the high-quality of service, both by the vet techs and the vets themselves.

If you’re in the Rockford area and have a pet, regular or exotic, we highly recommend Hillcrest!

That’s our Thanksgiving miracle!

On to the link list!

If you ever called Rockford “home” at one point, you’ll enjoy these fall photographs by Joy.

If you’ve ever felt appreciation for the blessing of water, check out October’s thanksgiving post.

If you’re looking for a healthy, organic dessert for kids, check out my Cousin Aaron’s recent post.

If you’re a mom and wonder if you’re doing okay, read Deborah’s latest poem.

If you’ve Rehfeldt blood in your veins and want to see a photo of Jon’s new girl "friend," check out Mom’s post.

Next post: Thanksgiving!


Karyn said...

Well, I'm glad that you shared that you think Hillcrest's prices are good. I take Buddy there because that is where he has always gone, and I think the prices are scary. But I don't have much to compare them to. Now I won't feel so bad when I have to plunk out all that dough next year.

Ann-Marie said...

I know it's a lot more expensive to take a dog or cat to the vet, than it is an exotic, so I'm guessing their prices can definitely be scary.

Fortunately, since exotics don't live as long (sigh), we don't usually have to pay as much. But I do think their vets are top notch, so I gues we're getting what we pay for, huh?