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I don't have much advice for you, I am sorry you have to deal with this. But, please know that vets are really great (most) in medical issues. However, behavioral issues are often better left to a behaviorist or trainer. Most vets receive little to no behavioral training. I have heard lots of situations on this forum where a vet will say something that makes people stressed or worried, when, in fact, the situation could be fixed.

The thing is, when Sammy is in this fearful state, he's really not controllable. So, it might help if, instead of picking him up, you hooked a leash to him, and took him to the other room. That way, if he tried to get out, you wouldn't physically have to block him, you would have control with the leash. In fact, you could tether him to a large piece of furniture in the other room, away from the door, so that you could easily walk out the door, without him being able to follow.
 
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