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Old 11-16-2012, 10:22 PM
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Default Those with "no-touchie" dogs...

how do you handle going to the vet?

Frodo and I have discovered the amazingness that is a basket muzzle and squeeze cheese thanks to our behaviorist and she was able to do a small exam without him growling. I'm pretty comfortable with this being the norm for us from here on out.

Normally Frodo is fine until the vet tries to touch him and then it's growling and trying to spin around to get at said vet. (ETA: At this juncture I am absolutely holding his head, I don't just let my reactive dog loose while a vet tries to touch him, lol)
My current (amazing) vet just sedates the crap out of him if she needs to get near the pointy end

So yeah, just wondering how those of you with dogs that don't normally handle being manipulated by strangers deal with going to the vet.
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Old 11-16-2012, 10:30 PM
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This is actually Bandit's only downfall. He looses it at the vet and the groomer. Groomer is avoidable because he is fine with me grooming him so it saves me money too. The vet is not an option. I muzzle him and hold him still for the vet as I have no idea how to work through it as its like the same of the vets office sets him off.
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Old 11-16-2012, 10:34 PM
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I don't really have a "no touch" dog per say, but Ozzy can get snappy if he's in pain, so he's in a basket muzzle if something invasive needs to be done at the vet. They're very good about dealing with him in a muzzle, the vet always gives him a treat and they sedate the crap out of him too for things like that.

Otherwise, I hold the end that bites and they do what they have to do with the other end.
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Old 11-16-2012, 10:54 PM
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Gavroche isn't a total disaster. For now, though, I work at the vet and restrain him myself. My vet knows Gavroche's butt is a no-fly zone, and to warn me when he gets ready to do something back there. I did have one of my coworkers restrain him once to see how it goes, and even with butt-prodding it went pretty well.

Then the relief vet...well, Gavroche LURVES her and she can poke him in the butt all she wants and he's fine with it
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Old 11-16-2012, 10:57 PM
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We are pretty lucky with Art. He absolutely hates strangers still, but on the rare occasion some stranger has gotten close enough to touch him he just get's very stressed out but no bitey bitey or teeth/growl at all. He more get's really scared and looks pitiful. At the vet he shakes and shivers, looks pathetic, but doesn't do anything bad at all. We always have the vet give him treats or have the vet give him treats. I think it helps we go to the same vet every time (as much as possible), because they get to know each other a bit more.
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Old 11-16-2012, 10:58 PM
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The amazing thing is that this is like, the ONLY time Juno is okay with strange people being all up in her business. I have actually only dealt with incredible veterinary staff though, and this is from multiple clinics.

Like today, Juno is at the vet for her anxiety. One of those things being that she is terrified of strangers. And as I'm talking about this, Juno is wiggly butt kissing and rubbing all over the tech. But the tech was sitting on the floor the whole time, and made no attempt to approach or touch Juno, so this definitely helped.

She's not a growly or bitey kind of scared though, she is just the type that wants to get away. But in an exam room it's not like she has anywhere to run. Usually I just hold her collar and that's good enough, she lets them do whatever they need to do.

I always bring treats, too.
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Old 11-16-2012, 11:05 PM
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Same as you, muzzle, praise, and get it done as quick as humanly possible.
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Old 11-16-2012, 11:09 PM
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My former no touchie boy got put in a basket muzzle prior to the visit and I restrained him for any procedure. The time it was insisted that I not restrain him to get bloodwork I think he was absolutely volatile and poo'd all over himself. If I restrained he was still horrible towards others but not quite as bad. From then on I was allowed to restrain him and I would have walked out if they didn't let me.

Fez is quite defensive for the vet and gets basket muzzled too. I feel it is common courtesy for the vet, though when I worked for vets no one ever muzzled their dogs prior.
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basket muzzle is a must when he goes anywhere that he can be touched by a stranger. at the vet he growls and wants to rip the vets face off. i bring treats but hes to stressed to eat them.
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Old 11-16-2012, 11:43 PM
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Our current vet (and everyone that works there) is absolutely amazing. They listened when I told them about his issues prior to the visit, and made sure everyone was on the same page, and everyone was very accomodating.

We always get there about 15-20 minutes early so we can do some calming exercises and matwork - both in the reception/waiting area and the exam room. I explained that one of his biggest reactions/alerts is people coming through doors, so everyone always knocked first so I could make sure he was on a leash or restrained. Both the vet and the tech fed him lots of hot dogs so he was comfortable with them, and they went slow.

I was the one that picked him up to put him on the table, and I was the one that restrained him for the exam. I held the end with the teeth, and he was constantly getting treats as she did the exam. I restrained him for the blood draw as well in the exam room (I do think they normally take pets in the back for blood draws and stuff, as when Sassy was there they took her into the back to do a blood draw and a cysto - I didn't ask if I could come with or if she could stay, since it didn't matter to me one way or the other since she's so good about that kind of thing).

He was muzzled for the entire exam at the ophthalmologist, since there were three of us (the vet, myself, and the tech) all in very close proximity, all very close to his face and poking him with weird things. We did do a whole treat session beforehand with both the vet and the tech.

All of our recent vet visits (since we moved to the new clinic) have gone extremely well, he didn't have a single reaction at any of his appointments, no growly moments, and seemed fairly relaxed.

Since a couple people brought up grooming as well...Jack absolutely loves his groomer. For a long time I thought it was just her (she owns her own shop and she was the only one there for a while), but her assistant groomer is able to groom him as well. I think at some point in his life he was desensitized to it enough that he is completely fine with grooming. I normally drop him off and hang out at the amazing coffee/bagel shop that's across the street, just so I'm close - it's really too far away to drive home and then come back again.
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