If it is not one dog it's another or a cat
Zoe has exhibited symptoms kind of consistent with IBS the details of which I'll spare you. She does not appear to be sick other than that she has lost weight (which she needed) and I thought it was due to the walks and constricting the diet some. But I think now it is different. I had her stool checked for parasites a couple of weeks ago but it came back negative. So I've written the vet with all the details requesting an appointment next week. Fortunately Zoe's schedule is free as is mine.
Toby has ear problems and Dana has been back twice. It is a yeast infection, I think. She wasn't doing the prescription drops right I don't believe so this has lasted longer than it needed to but I'm committed to letting her make the mistakes rather than jumping in as I'm want to do.
So Toby also has an appointment coming up to be seen again.
Our cat, Fritter, is hanging on barely. We got him in 2005 so it is time. He barely escaped a trip a few months ago. He was listless, crying all the time and not eating. I called the vet and made an appointment so, of course, he perked up. But he's a couple of howls away from another appointment. I don't want him to suffer and neither does Dana but it is hard to tell the difference between just being old and cranky and being in pain. He won't discuss it. I won't miss him but Dana will.
Last cat. Likely the last two dogs too. I'm very concerned about having a dog that outlives us. That is not a good thing to leave on someone else's plate. Timing.