Body for Life, the Universe, and Everything

Being a description of the author's thoughts on the experience of participating in the "Body for Life" Challenge, questions of great philosophical import, and randomly selected topics of no significance whatsoever

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In no particular order, I'm a professional lettering artist, a yoga practitioner, a cat lover, a vegetarian, a reader of everything from books to cereal boxes, married to a very attractive guy named Tom (nope, no kids), an exercise enthusiast, and a lot of other things I don't care to admit in a public forum. I have a BS in applied math that I haven't used in over 10 years, and I can put both feet behind my head. What else would you like to know?

Monday, October 09, 2006

Of Cats and Dogs and Drugs

Fitness-blogger guru-comic (yes, she's multitalented) Skwigg posted something on her blog today about having to get a prescription for one of her dogs at the people pharmacy (see for yourself: ). Standard-issue pharmacists aren't used to dispensing prescriptions for the furry, and minor weirdness is prone to occur when the situation arises.

I have experience with getting pet prescriptions at the regular pharmacy, and it's just too funny. One of our three cats, Sophie, was on Valium (yes, Valium--major kitty stress!) for over a year. The place on the label where the patient's name appears read like this:
"Sophie" Smith (cat)
(My real last name was in place of the "Smith" part.) [Does anyone understand why animals' names are frequently given in quotation marks? I know that sometimes when a pet changes owners, they change names, but really, how often does that happen? A name is a name. Sometimes people's nicknames are put in quotes, but only when written together with the more formal name. We don't refer to "Elizabeth" Taylor or "Marilyn" Monroe (even though the latter's real name was Norma Jean Baker). But I digress.]

So, Sophie and the Valium adventure. We started out with uncoated Valium tablets. Major mistake. The cat is taking Valium for stress, right? What happens when you try to get a stressed cat to take a pill? She drools and foams at the mouth. What happens to an uncoated pill when it gets wet? It dissolves. In summary, the pill would be mostly washed away in drool before I ever got it into her. Sometimes I'd have to just start over with a new pill, which just made the process repeat itself. She needed to be dosed on this stuff EVERY DAY. After a couple of days of this Three Stooges routine (human/feline version), I called the vet and said, "This isn't working. Does Valium come in a liquid form?" It does, and so for the next year, we performed a minimized version of the Stooges routine daily, this one known as "Dance of the Syringes." Yep, it's a long, strange trip....