Partners in crime – memories of happier times. Like 1 hour ago… before the trip to the vet.
Hawaii is a rabies-free state. They closely monitor all animals and produce coming into the islands. Back when I was growing up there was no other way around it, if you wanted to bring your animals into the state they went under a 4 month quarantine. Then in the early 2000s Hawaii’s Dept. of Agriculture changed the rule. If your pets were microchipped and vaccinated with the rabies shot at least twice in their life already you could get a titer test done (which tests the level of rabies antibodies in the animal) and if they passed, you were allowed to take your pets home the very day you arrived in Hawaii. Sign me up for that option!
The above information I knew for years. What I didn’t know is that when the vial of blood reaches KSU’s rabies laboratory to have the titer test conducted, a countdown clock of 120 days starts. If your dog / cat comes into Hawaii prior to that 120 day mark, bye bye fun welcome into new home, hello quarantine.
So I scrambled to get all three appointments today so that the clock could start ASAP. Spam is friendly and will purr at you while you are sticking him with a needle. Sox is terrified and will freeze in fear. And Sushi…. Sushi might kill you. So since I didn’t think I could handle all three at once plus Emma (and I only have 2 carrier cases at the moment) I scheduled an appointment in the morning for the two older cats and an afternoon appointment for Sushi. Spam and Sox were fantastic. Poor kids were poked and prodded and had LOTS of blood drained, but we were in and out in 30 minutes.
We came home and Sushi was so sad to have been the only one left alone he wouldn’t leave my side for the rest of the morning. Good for me, bad for him as it was way too easy to toss him into the carrier and heading back out to the vet. During my morning visit, I had warned the vet it was not going to go smoothly. They were confident they could get it done. And so they did. Because after he almost cut the nurse and vet and spilled most of the vials and instruments to the ground he was sedated, blood drawn and then put under watch in the recovery room where I was to leave him for 4 hours. Poor Sushi.
Ironically he is the most tolerant of the constant tugs and pulls by Emma, but one look at that vet building and he will turn on you!