Thanks miloooox,I have to get it right,it's distressing for him,and stresses us out too seeing him so scared.We aren't soppy with him during all of this,we just pretend all is absolutely fine,and all is fine until the consulting room door opens....suppose they can smell the stress like they can smell fear. The thought of Milo jumping on the vet made me laugh,I know just how the vet felt after Sam the Labrador jumped on me after Skip tripped me up in the woods,some great game or they must have thought we needed the kiss of life,soppy dogs!
Glad skip is getting used to the muzzle, ideal if you can put it on and do some trial runs so skip doesn't start panicking as soon as the muzzle comes out. So good your vet seems to be helpful and giving helpful advice
My 2 have always been fine with the vet but after dexter cut his paw on glass after the breakin I took him down and he was wary and had to go down 2 days later and he still drags me in and loves to see one of the receptionists and the vets dog who sits behind the front desk and will lie down no problem or play with waiting dogs but when he's called he wouldn't go in the room, the vet was killing herself laughing as well as the receptionist I know and I had to stand behind him to nudge him in. 1month later I had both dogs for their vaccinations and checkup and ended up having to go myself and although both went in fine dexter spent the whole time licking his lips and slevering and trying to army crawl away. Luckily vet is fab. I ve been nipping in every now and again just walking in when receptionist is in to say hi and then Going out again to try help,
This thread made me think of my friends budgie who was scared of the vet, flew around the room and landed on vets head and started pecking it and poi'do on him too! Funny I wasn't keen on that vet either when I was younger
Delighted to say Skips visit to the vets was a huge success,ohhhh the relief! I made the appointment with one of the vets who Skip shouldn't have any grudges against, then 3 sedative tablets an hour before he went made him calm enough to allow me to put the muzzle on him without expecting treats, and the vet was super calm and understanding with him.So Skip had his booster vac, the couple of lumps he has aren't sinister.His coughing after drinking water isn't too much of a concern,his heart is strong and he has no signs of joint stiffness.All in all a great result for a 12 year old.(around 67 in human years according to vets wall chart). He is the same vet who saved my daughters extremely ill dog during a holiday with us, but wouldn't take credit for it as he was amazed it was the same dog to come walking through the vets door the next day,he just said he was as surprised as us, so we have great faith in him.They are all good vets,but some dogs like Skip are very unforgiving to any that cause them discomfort.
Willis isn't a fan of the vet either. He actually bit the vet once when he managed to get his muzzle off one time. We changed the type of muzzle to the type with the hole in the at the end of it so I can feed him through it (I think it's digiflex). I basically fed him treats through it ever day a few times a day so he would start to see it as a treat dispenser. He is much better at getting the muzzle on now and less panicy. I totally sympathise because it used to be so stressful taking him to the vet but it will get easier, stick with it
Hope you are enjoying the forum fiona.Ha ha,we were advised to use treats too, works like a charm.A vet offered to loan us a muzzle to take home,but had already thought buying one was a good idea.We were advised to get a Baskerville one as the dogs can also be fed treats through them,and can pant etc,we were a bit thrown at first as the design has changed slightly but it was fine.I am sure the sedatives were a massive help.Skips such a sweet calm dog,everyone knows and loves him,and they all refuse to believe what a handfull he was in the vets consulting room before yesterday,even my own family find it hard to believe. Fingers crossed he won't need to go to the vets for a long time as he has needed very few trips in the 11 years we have had him. One of my daughters late dogs looked just like your Willis,Lucy came from Battersea and was a fantastic dog.