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How many of you have dogs that are afraid of going to the vet's? And how about that approach? Do they seem to know something scary is about to happen as soon as you approach the parking lot?

I have always included in my socialization of my puppies one to two visits to various vets per week. I just pop in, ask them to help me socialize, take their weight and give them a little attention, a cookie and the receptionists are more than happy to do so. I've even had a few vets offer to do a little pretend examination to get them use to hands going all over them from a stranger in a weird setting. This has helped my dogs as they grow be all right with a vet visit, even when it's for an unpleasant or difficult procedure. When we go to the vets, their tails start wagging and they can't wait to find another little dog to make friends with in the waiting room and visit the humans. They think it's a party about to happen. If it's something painful they have to do or sort of spooky, they can deal with it much better and they get right over it in two seconds.

If you dog is already an adult or is a rescue, has already developed a fear of vets' offices, it may or may not be reversible. Here's an article about this very thing: (I subscribe to Whole Dog Journal and they're always sending me interesting stuff)

https://www.whole-dog-journal.com/health/vet_trips/fear-free-veterinary-care/?MailingID=104&utm_source=ActiveCampaign&utm_medium=email&utm_content=Fear+Free+Veterinary+Care&utm_campaign=TOTW20190730-StopJumping
 

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Yes, my dogs are afraid of going to the vet, just like I am afraid of going to the doctor.

Zooey used to be totally fine, but developed a fear in her older age, after a particularly painful dental. Maizie also used to be fine, but after having her stomach pumped so many times, not to mention an injection in the eyeball for her uveitis, it's understandable that she developed a very negative association.

Frosty is the least stressed at the vet because he's never had more than his neuter/pexy surgery. However, he can't step into a hardware store without stressing because I had him microchipped at a clinic at Tractor Supply.

I wish our pets didn't have to ever experience any fear or pain. I can't imagine how I'd feel if I had human children.
 

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Hey -2 fav Pfers! Dixie is fine to go anywhere as long as we are with her. She had major knee surgery last November but is still okay with the vet. She hates us leaving her -for her bath at the groomers or with her favourite person (other than us). We’ve always been home with her and that’s her stability.
 

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Interesting concept but aromatherapy would mean I wouldn’t go. I can’t stand aromatherapy smells, I find them unpleasant and they can set off allergies and asthma in myself, and pets.

Babykins is not a happy camper at the vet but we stop in regularly to visit or pick up medications etc. at the desk. They are always friendly and want to feed treats. They don’t have any pet beds, and I’m wondering how happy a vet place would be to have to regular wash pet beds.....I’ve seen quite a few dogs pee or poop, especially puppies. They need easy to sanitize surfaces.

However next time we have an appointment I’m going to being Babykins travel mat. I thought that was a good idea.
 

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Interesting concept but aromatherapy would mean I wouldn’t go. I can’t stand aromatherapy smells, I find them unpleasant and they can set off allergies and asthma in myself, and pets.
Same. I also can't go to the less expensive vets around here who don't have high quality HEPA air purifiers because I get asthma from the cats in the office.
 

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Our dogs are all pretty okay at the vet's office, but then again none of them has ever had any sort of major problem or had to stay overnight other than Lily when she was spayed. I am lucky in that one of the techs who has worked for our vet for ages was a student of mine about 20-25 years ago so I know she always gives my animals special consideration and our primary vet is a poodle guy so he has special feeling for Lily and Javelin and by extension Peeves. We have always played training games in the waiting room.
 

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Miracle does okay as long as I am the one who holds her on the table when they have to give her shots or do anything in the exam room, but she doesn't like strangers approaching her so that's now surprising. She does growl when the vet and vet assistant walk into the room. I tried giving her treats last time we were there but she wouldn't take any.

Jasper was fine until he was about 2, and then he started to get really anxious. I took him to a new vet starting last summer, and thankfully I had someone with me because I couldn't even get the paperwork filled out. He cried even when sitting in my lap. I raised him from a pup, and I am not sure how I could have done anything differently.
 

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Mia was great during vet visits until a rather traumatic injury when she almost completely severed her carpal pad. It was severed about 2/3 of the way through and dangled at an awful angle. The vet did not offer anaesthesia for the cleaning. Mia never felt the same way about exam rooms after that. All is good at the front desk and weigh-in, but once we're in the exam room, she keeps me between her and the vet/tech.
 

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Asta is very laid back at the vets. Took him for the little visits when he was young. I also have a Wonderful vet and I think some of the credit must go to his way around animals.
 

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MF. Poor babies...yep, if something really awful is associated with the vet, no wonder.

Both my poodles have only had dentals and Matisse, knee surgery. Then there was the time he got a hold of piece of marijuana my son had dropped on the floor. The poor dog was terrible looking, sitting there swaying, staring off into space. I didn't make the connection right away and my son was freaking out too. Of course, Matisse didn't seem to notice. Later, I thought about that little damp stem I found on the rug and picked it up to toss out. It was all of a half inch long. My son held him in his lap all the way to the emergency vet. Every time I went around a corner, he'd flinch and jump...paranoid I guess, looking back. The second we walked into the clinic, the receptionist said, "any chance he could have gotten into marijuana?" I exclaimed, "YES!" Then I put 2 and 2 together. (FINALLY) She said they had been seeing a lot of that lately since it became legal right about then. So he had to have things done and stay all night. (it is not safe for small animals AT ALL, though they only had one cat die from it. They said that it was a good thing the bigger dog got it and not Maurice. They told me when he came to, he was wagging his tail and ready to party. When I picked up...omg, he was so glad to see me. Arrrghhh.

Liz, that sounds like such a painful injury. Poor thing.

I guess it's never to late to try re-introducing a more fun time...quick in and out, stopping for a treat and a pat and that's all. Gosh, MF. Microchipping never hurt any of my dogs or so they said. lol. Poor things...the things humans do to dogs, right?

Oh man! Those allergies you guys have sound just awful. That is something I guess you always have to keep in mind wherever you go. That kind of sucks.

Well, they're all different. That's for sure. I like reading about all the different ways our dogs respond to things.
 

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Evie does fine at the vet until they start to look at her ears. Then, she starts trying to run away and struggle. Most of Evies vet visits involve her ears so no wonder, considering how much hair comes out of her ears.
She loves the rest of the vet including the exam room and especially the vet.

Interesting to hear about others experiences with their dogs at the vet.
 

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Zeke sits right between my legs while waiting in the exam room, and lifts his left paw to “hold hands” with me until they come in and pick him up. It’s really cute, though. But he is fine during the exam, doesn’t struggle at all, and doesn’t flinch at shots.

When I was 18 and go a cocker puppy, I took him to my regular vet and was happily greeted by a new vet, just joined the practice. He came out in the waiting room, got down in Archie’s level and was playing with him, rubbing his ears, etc. next thing I knew, they we both rolling around in the floor together, with Archie happily attacking the dr, and the two of them played and wrestled for a good 20 minutes! He did the exam after that, and never, after that, was there a problem at the vet. He thoroughly enjoyed it!


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I've never socialized my dogs to the vet like that but all of them are excited to go in. They all take treats from the vet and staff. None of them cower or anything.
None of them have had major health issues though. The odd abscess, one needed knee surgery, and I don't vaccinate annually so they are going in there each time for a needle.
 

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Oh gosh, Lilly is super happy to go on ANY outing, even to the vet. She goes monthly to have her anal glands expressed and never has any hesitation. She looks sad and miserable while having it done but immediately loves on the vet techs when they are finished.

She's an attention "hoglet" - even if it starts with her bum!
 

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Louie does not like the slippery shiny exam tables but he loves his vet - who is a big lover of Poodles and all the vet techs - he loves all the ladies and is more than ok to show off his tricks. I have always found that doing manners type stuff takes their minds off the surroundings...also he loves cats and is fascinated by meowing...which there is plenty off usually...
 

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I like reading about all of your dogs and the stories that go with them. It makes me feel like I know them and you better. LOL.

MF...I should make a clarification. When I said none of my dogs had pain from microchipping they said, I meant the poodles said. The vet didn't take them out of the room. I was standing right there. Isn't that strange how it bothers some dogs and not others?

I forgot another awful thing that happened to Matisse and quite recently. He had pain. I took him a local vet who took xrays because I had thought it might be his knee or some other skeletal thing. I had him walk around and he was walking a little funny but not limping. The xrays showed no arthritis and no other malady and the vet even conferred with a specialist. Meanwhile, Matisse was still in pain...very obvious to me. He was looking miserable and they just sent me on my way. And I said, "BUT...he's still in pain!" Nothing. So, I left and waited another day or two, then took off on a few hour hour journey to my old vet where I use to live. And was going to combine it anyhow with a visit to my daughter. Anyhow, this vet took one look, ran his hands all over him, said, "What's this?" And he discovered a horrendous anal gland abscess, the worst he'd ever seen. Now, to be fair to the other vet I guess, the abscess wasn't pooching out at that time. I had just groomed him days before and I didn't notice any swelling or anything. But I bet if the other vet would have run her hands all over him like my old vet did, she might have figured it out. I felt guilty for not figuring it out myself. Anyhow, a 3 or 4 day visit, some meds to give Matisse and a reasonable vet bill. Gosh, I miss that vet. He's soooo nice and old, experienced, not retired and he could have been decades ago. lol. I've heard from a lot of people that the vets around here suck. I took Maurice to another vet (gotta try 'em out) when he had some persistent colitis or something...diarrhea. That vet got it right but charged a s*** load. (couldn't resist the nasty pun)

Anyhow, so poor Matisse. That lancing of that thing and the days he endured were majorly painful. That's why he shook and looked so awful. Then I had to squeeze this ointment stuff into the hole where the vet lanced it. And antibiotics. I bet if I went back there, he'd still not be afraid. He is such a weird dog. He'll go through hell and back if it means there might be some fun and good times also.:angel:
 
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