Sadie had her annual exam last night, and we had two surprises. First, she has a bacterial ear infection! She's always had "gunky" ears and will scratch them semi-regularly, but I never thought much about it. So, she's on an ointment for 10 days.
Secondly, and more surprising, is our vet is leaving the clinic! I am very bummed, because I've meshed very well with her. She was vague about why she was leaving (not that it's my business), but said she is taking time off from practicing. The good news is that there are two other vets I really like at the clinic, and I can pick from one of them.
The non-surprise is that Sadie will soon need a dental. Last year, her teeth were starting to have significant build-up, and this year it's more, with inflamed gums. I will schedule something after January 1. (I wanted to schedule something yesterday, but the staff doesn't know our doctor is leaving the clinic, and I felt it would be awkward to schedule an appointment with another doctor before she's gone.)