I want to introduce you to my cat, Astro. This little tabby is part cat, part human and part dog and was the king of the castle. Astro came to us, as a kitten, by happenstance. My partner’s co-worker was moving out of state and she could not take the kitten with her. She asked Orlando if he wanted a cat and Orlando called me immediately and I responded without hesitation, “absolutely not”. I just got a kitten two weeks prior and I did not want another. If you know Orlando, you should know, he will try every method to get his way. That night, I hear the front door and I knew he had that cat with him. I watched him walk in and I saw a large lump in his coat. “If you have that cat, I’m going to be…..” and before I could finish the sentence this tiny orange head popped out of the jacket and meowed a hello. “Damn it, he can stay”. It was love at first sight.
Astro’s personality was like no other cat I’ve knows. He needed to be a part of all the action. We’d have to pull out a dining room chair so that he can be with us during dinner. He was a nail biter.. He knew my morning routine to the tee. I wake up, he was already in the bathroom in the bathtub. After I showered, he would sit in front of the kitchen sink, where I kept his food, one paw up and a single meow to say feed me. When I came home at night, he was sitting in front of the door waiting for me and jumped up and down meowing happy to see me home. Astro’s main purpose was to show love and be loved and he certainly was. Anyone who walked in our home was greeted by Astro and converted those who say they don’t like cats to cat lovers.
Last week, Astro became ill and we took him to a vet, close to where we live, in an emergency situation. The entire staff was unfriendly and rude, the Doctor was cold and he did not explain things well, but because of the situation, we left him there over night. After a night of an uneasy feeling with the office and information we received by a friend’s experience with this vet, the next day we took him out of their so called care and took him to another vet, Petchester (www.petchesterveterinary.com). What a world of difference from the first vet we took him to. The staff was friendly, the vet tech took his time with us to explain the results from the first vet’s test results. He noticed immediately from the lab tests that something was off with the numbers. He asked us what did the first vet say to you. We responded with “not much, just that everything was fine”. The tech told us there are two numbers that are at dangerous levels but in his opinion felt the results were not accurate and that unfortunately, because of Astro’s health condition at that moment, they could not handle him there. Astro needed 24 hour emergency care and we took him to Animal Specialty Center(ASC} – there website is here: www.vcaspecialtyvets.com . What an amazing place! Not only is the facility staffed with friendly, animal loving people but it is furnished with state of the art equipment. They have dentistry, oncology, physical therapy departments and it is extremely clean. We get two or three update calls a day, they spend the time to answer any questions we have and are truly compassionate. Astro is currently in the care of (ASC) and I couldn’t feel more content with him there. Unfortunately, our little boy was diagnosed with carcinoma in his stomach and intestines. He will be put on steroids which does not cure but keeps him comfortable for the remainder of his life, whatever that may be.
I write this post with a heavy heart and tear filled eyes but I have the need to provide you with information about getting health insurance for your pet and to provide you with a list of good veterinarian care that is available in Westchester so that you are not up all night worrying if your pet is in the right hands.
As you know, the cost of pet care can be expensive especially when your pet becomes ill and may need hospitalization. According to Consumer advocate, here are the top three health insurance available:
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