KJ Posted September 8, 2007 Report Share Posted September 8, 2007 Hi there- I have posted about this maybe a year ago or so but since there's many new folks that have joined, I thought I'd ask again. I feel like I am the only person on earth that has a dog that is aggressive at the vets. I realize most dogs are not. In order just to get shots (and he needs his teeth done desparately) we have a variety of drugs on hand...that is 4 alprozalam prior to the visit, then dormitor and torbitol during and the reversal drug too...enough that Shep needs 2 days to fully recover from the whole trauma. He is muzzled with a metal basket muzzle. But just to get near him to give the shots is a huge ordeal and takes about 4 veterinary staff and it's just very hard on all involved but mostly Shep. One opinion from a behaviourist is that dogs, when it comes down to it, need very little vet care really. This has never sat well with me, although it is the way it has turned out anyway. We've been kicked out by 2 vets and now we're working with someone really willing but he's her first. She has the scars to prove it. I find it remarkable that most vets seem to not know how to deal with these cases. Granted, they are doing quite well so to put staff and themselves at risk isn't worth it I suppose. But, does it make sense to euthanize a dog that's terrified to be vetted? Or is it in the dog's best interest? I feel really torn by this. Regarding desensitizing him to the vet by going every day or so and doing meet and greets has not been possible thus far b/c I work, my husband works, the vet is 35 min away. This approach is still the plan its just so difficult to accomplish. Also ACE is not an option and I am pretty sure its why he's the way he is in the first place. So, I guess the main reason for this post is to see if anyone else has had this issue and to see how they deal with it. Thanks for any advice or insight etc. Kim Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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