All you dogs, this post has been a long time coming. Some of us go to visits with the veterinarian and are totally cool with it. Others of us go to the veterinarian and range from skittish to totally terrorized. Where do you fit in?
We can talk about just waiting in the waiting room or bump it up a notch to being in the examination room, or having some procedure done. I’ve seen many dogs hang out behind their parents’ legs in the animal hospital waiting rooms; I’ve tried to make friends with many of these dogs, to calm them down and offer friendship, but they’re just frozen in fear.
I’m on the cool dude side. When I had my injuries from being hit by the car, I had to have surgery, and xrays taken, and all sorts of procedures done on me, including having my bandages changed regularly, and my wounds cleaned. The doctors would ask my mom, “Does he need to be knocked out?” and except for actual surgery, and dental surgery, no, I didn’t.
It helped to have somebody just petting my head and saying “Good boy, Joey” and for splint changes I would need two technicians (my mom counted as “one”) but together we made it through everything, no “puppy’s little helper” required.
But many other dogs do. They have to take anything from a “calm down” pill to having an injection.
Let’s talk about this.
Do you think there’s a difference between how small and large dogs handle this?
Dogs who have been surgically “altered” and those who have not?
I am waiting to hear from you.