The vet being open!
One of my rats was all snuffly so went to the vet on Friday, and she got antibiotics but hasn't got much better and this morning she was a quite a bit worse.
So I phoned the vet at 8.32am to get their message that 'surgery opens at 9, please phone after 8.30 to make an appointment'. So I tried again at 8.45 and got the same message. Darn, I thought, they're not opening today. Still it gave the number for the duty vet, and I thought I could at least phone the duty vet for a chat and if necessary we'd meet. But I waited until 9am, just in case, and phoned again and a person answered! They said 'how soon can you be here?' and I said 'about 10 minutes' and they said for me to come straight down. So I did, and now I have extra antibiotics to try on top of the existing ones. Tomorrow morning, if she is the same or better, then good. If she is worse, then, well, return to the vet for a final visit.
But I am delighted to discover that my vet opens on bank holidays (9-10am only), and that the vet saw us and thought in all honesty yes it was worth trying adding more medicine in and not just ending things now - since the rat is very perky, just not breathing very well and a bit gaspy at times.
Not that I wouldn't have called the duty vet and paid the fee to have them open the surgery, yes, I absolutely would have paid that - it's just made me very happy not to have had to