It was Friday afternoon, and I was writing a post about bad driving for this site. (Don’t worry, that post is still coming, I’m still just not feeling it right yet) My doorbell rang and I jammed my feet into a pair of shoes and dashed out of my bedroom, dogs were barking everywhere. I opened the door and it was some kid wanting to know if I wanted my lawn mowed. “Have you looked at my lawn, kid?” I thought, meanly. My lawn is an inch and a half tall, we just had mowed it a couple of days before. I told the kid no, closed my door and walked back to my bedroom. As I walked in, I saw blood on the floor. I bent down and touched it, and as I did I saw my 8 week old kitten, Mao Mao laying there.
I thought she was dead, but when I touched her, she moved. “OMG OMG OMG,” I thought. I figured I must have stepped on her on my way out of the room- she was always underfoot and just about everyone in my house had stepped on her at some point. But not like this. I was afraid I had broken her neck.
I wrapped her in a towel, gathered my kids and rushed her to the closest vet to my house- La Vergne Veterinary Clinic. When I got there, I told them I had an emergency and they very quickly got Mao Mao and took her to the back. Dr. Tim, one of the vets at La Vergne Veterinary clinic, came out fairly quickly to tell me that she had suffered a major head trauma. They said they couldn’t feel an actual fracture, but since they would treat her the same way whether her skull was fractured or not, they’d hold off on doing an x-ray to save me some money.
I could walk you through everything that happened, but to save time, I’d just like to tell you about how great Dr. Tim Prater and the staff were. I have had animals my entire life, and I’ve been to quite a few vets. What really sets La Vergne Veterinary Clinic apart is that it is clear that they really, truly love animals- and they try to keep the price very affordable and let you know what you’re in for ahead of time.
They were great about keeping me up to date on what was happening with her, and Dr. Tim was great about fully explaining everything to me and answering all my questions. I never once felt like I was being hurried. I truly felt that he, and all the staff, really cared about my kitten.
Thanks to their excellent care, Mao Mao lived. She is coming home today. Her progress has been very slow, but she may still make a full recovery. I cannot thank everyone at La Vergne Veterinary Clinic enough for everything they have done for Mao Mao and me.
And if you need vet care, I can highly recommend the people at the La Vergne Veterinary Clinic. They’re on Murfreesboro Road up by the fireworks place, and the phone number is 793-5333.
And as a side note, I still don’t know for sure what happened to her. I never felt it, if I did step on her. My dad thinks that my dog may have attacked her while I was answering the door, but my dog has never shown any aggression toward any other animals. I don’t guess I’ll ever know for sure what happened, but I know I’ll never leave Mao Mao alone with my dog ever again.