And as it turns out, it was a reeeeeally good thing we made that appointment! As I said before, the main problem we'd noticed with Oreo was the ear-twitching. The doctor said he didn't see anything out of the ordinary in his ears, so he gave us some ear cleaner and we'll keep an eye on him. We tend to get ear-clogging ourselves, so we're optimistic that this isn't anything serious.
The other problem was that we caught the "infection smell" coming from Oreo's rear end. It had gone down to the point where we thought maybe whatever it was had healed, which is part of why we weren't sure we wanted to take him in. But since he was there anyway, the doctor gave him a rectal exam and discovered that his anal glands were full and... either compacted or impacted, we can't remember which. Anyway, what it means is that cats and dogs have these fluid glands that are supposed to empty themselves out on their own, but Oreo's hadn't. And the fluid is supposed to be liquid, but when they emptied it out, it was pasty and blech (I'm paraphrasing). If we hadn't caught it, there would have been a rupture, and he would have needed surgery.
Long story short, we saved Oreo from surgery. So we got some ear-cleaning stuff and a prescription diet for him, because he's apparently in desperate need of fiber. He never would eat dry food. That goes back to when he was a kitten and we had to put him on wet food for some reason. Oh right, that probably had something to do with the surgery from when he swallowed a needle. Anyway, hopefully he'll be a sport and not ignore the food just because it's all the same flavor.
In other news, we watched Miracle Train, which was awesome (if you like girly stuff, which we do), and The Little Mermaid III, which was definitely not. I was planning to rant all about it, but then we went to the vet.
Today I'm thankful for catching treatable problems early, Miracle Train, our work day being over so we don't have to worry about kunkaisho anymore for a while (if anyone happens to know what it is...), the current prescription food being less expensive than the prescription food we had Oreo on before, and not having to give Oreo medicine. Though we're not sure how the ear-cleaning will go...