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Saturday, April 17, 2010

Some Tips for the Vet's Office (Part 2 of 2)

Last time, we talked about being safe in getting to the Vet's Office and being in the Waiting Room. Now we are ready to get to the Examination Room...

The Examination Room offers new challenges for us because it is normally a very confined area. This heightens the speed at which "Fight or Flight" might occur. Here are a few tips to make sure that ensure a safe and happy experience for all:

  • If at all possible, you should put your dog on the examination table. You are the best to know if there are any "ouches" that your dog doesn't like touched and you are already a familiar figure who should have no problem in approaching and raising them to the table.
  • Never show agitation or fear. Whether you are the "Alpha" or not, this will heighten the adrenalin and reactive tendencies within our pooch. If the Vet Tech needs to give your dog a shot or draw blood, do not show emotion (i.e. sorrow that it might hurt them). If you think that you might, ask to leave the room for that moment.
  • Always obey the instructions of the Vet Tech. They "do this all the time" and all they are trying to accomplish is to finish the procedure while providing a safe and happy experience for your doggie (i.e. not being bitten).
  • Always stand tall and face your dog while in the examination room. This shows dominance and will give them a sense of security and safety.
  • If anything happens in the examination room that you are unsure of, ask your Vet to explain what is happening so that you can maintain your confidence that you are providing your doggie with a safe and happy experience.
I hope that you can start to see a trend here. If we can associate the Vet's Office with "everything is OK", that will minimize any possibility of heightened fear that could lead to aggressive actions. As the "Leaders of the Pack", that is our job.

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