Ever since my puppy Ellie went to the vet for her shots, she’s been terrified of going back. The second she sees where we’re going she puts the brakes on, and nothing can move her. She’s too big to lift so I end up dragging her, and then it’s stress and muzzles once we’re there. Surely there is a better way! Thank you, Stella.
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I feel your pain, I really do because Jack is the same. Actually he never used to be like this only with this vet because the first couple of times he went was for anal gland problems. Need I say more?
Here are few things to try –
Visit your vet’s office but not for an appointment, but rather to help Ellie see it’s not all bad. Have the staff make a fuss of her, even give her a favourite treat.
Play some calming music at home that will relax her, then play the same at the vet. She should be reminded of the way it relaxes her. I used to do that with one of my dogs and it made a big difference.
Exam tables are very slippery and cold. Bringing a spongy non slip mat will help, or ask your vet to provide you with something.
Get your dog used to being touched.
Feed her tasty treats or play with a favourite toy while you’re waiting.
Perhaps she would be more comfortable with a house call.