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Yesterday Cara had a vet appt. and there were some good things and some not so good things (don't worry medically she's fine). On the good side of things she is now confirmed hw and lyme disease free for the year, her fecal was negative for any worms, she is microchipped, we got some derma 3 to help with her dry skin, she's up to date on her shots, and she was perfectly behaved in the waiting area. We actually received three compliments on her behavior from people who were sitting in the waiting room with us, one of them from a little old lady with a cat who came and sat next to us. Cara completely ignored her cat and was content to sit by my feet, which made me especially happy since I'm a dummy and forgot to take treats with me.

On the down side, Cara was extremely nervous in the exam room. More accurately being put up on the table REALLY skeeved her out and she ended up muzzled after she bared her teeth and air snapped twice. Now I am happy that she didn't make contact because if she had wanted to she would have, I honestly think she was just scared up on the table and giving the vet a warning to back off. After she was muzzled everything went fine and after she was back off the table she was friendly with the vet. And as a testament to her ability to rebound, as soon as we walked out of the exam room and back into the waiting area (we still had to wait a bit for her hw test results to come back) she was back to her normal happy go lucky self and greeted a little old lady just fine. My new goal is to try and find a shiny exam like table and start getting Cara used to being up on it. I suppose it could definitely have been worse, this was the first time she's had to go to the vet since she was around four months old so I can understand why she was scared of the exam room.

She still got her chicken nuggets on the way home.

Oh and while I'm thinking about it, I know a few people have asked me before how big Cara is and I've given estimates, but yesterday at the vet her official weight is 32.4 lbs.
 

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I'm glad she's okay. Behavior at the vet doesn't bother me too much. It's such a strange situation for a dog- being up on that table in a strange room in a strange place that smells, well, probably like death to a dog, is full of strange dogs and cats and then some strange human starts prodding at you and sticking things places . . . Muggsy was an absolute sweetheart to humans. He loved children. He was gentle and careful of not hurting people. He never met a human he didn't like, except for the vet and then he turned into Cujo, complete with snarling and dripping saliva.
 

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Not unusual at all for a dog to be a bit nervous up on the exam table. Jubel is NOT a fan of being on the table as the vet/tech raises it. It's a scale on the floor but is raised electronically for exams as a table. Once it's stopped moving he's much better but usually still a little nervous. Probably a combination of the noise and moving 'ground'.' If the vet gets down on the floor with him he's fine.

He's also been muzzled at the vet a few times too. He'll tolerate me messing with his ears but is NOT happy with someone else sticking things in them, vet had to swab for an ear infection. As soon as they aren't trying to stick something in his ear he's perfectly happy and friendly with the vet and tech who just 'assaulted' him and giving kisses to anyone who will let him. Things like that I really don't worry about.
 

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My dog hates the slippery cold surface of vet tables. Even worse when the vet goes straight to examining without treating or calming the dog down :(
 

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Abbylynn loves the vets ... no problem. Blu Boy growls at the assistants. Leeo literally trembles he gets so nervous and scared. None of them have actually tried to bite though.

I am glad it went well for you both. :) I keep a mesh soft muzzle with me in my purse just in case I need to use it ... hopefully never.
 

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My Husky was claustrophobic, and in our old vets office, which was large, she was O.K. The last two times I took her into an office after the old vet had retired we were escorted into a small exam room, and she was HORRIBLE. She bit the vet when he tried to put her on the table (I warned him she might but I don't think he thought I was serious) . . . at which point he examined her on the floor. I felt awful.

We managed to find a horse vet who was willing to take her on as a client, so her examinations were all in our home after that. I was very grateful.

I have yet to have a dog that 'enjoyed' vet visits. Well, I had one that did until she was three . . . and then she caught on. ;) Cara sounds very normal to me.

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1. Bring the Nuggets to the Vet and let her feed your dog.
2. Ask the Vet if you can come in once a week during a slow period, just to put the dog on the table, with nuggets, to get him used to it.
 
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