Tomorrow Rufus gets his first vet visit since he got fixed a year ago. I know, I know, I should be taking him to the vet regularly just to say hi and get treats so he doesn’t hate them, but they’re only open when I’m at work so that doesn’t happen.
His last trip to the vet was unpleasant and I learned if I’m not around he gets “cage aggression” so I had to muzzle him then stand by helplessly as they held him still and sedated him. Once they left the room I removed the muzzle and waited for him to take a nap. He woke up in a cage with ouchy boy bits surrounded by strange sniffs and sounds with me nowhere in sight. Of course once I arrived he was happy and wanted to say hello and get treats from the staff. Still, I know he didn’t enjoy the experience. Luckily our vet recently moved to a brand new building so hopefully the association will be minimal at first.
I have so many questions going into this appointment, and I’m worried the staff will judge me. I know his nails are a little long. They’re black so I don’t feel comfortable trimming them, but I do give him plenty of walks to keep them worn down. I think he might be overweight. I’m not sure though, I can’t feel his ribs but he has real thick fluff that could be hiding them. His muttage also makes it difficult to tell. He’s on a good food, and I make sure to give him smaller meals when he’s gotten extra treats, but still I worry. Large dogs already have shorter lifespans and are more prone to joint issues than smaller pets and I want him to live the longest healthiest life possible.
I also don’t know if they’re going to want me to muzzle him this time. If they don’t I want them to look at his teeth. I think they look okay and I give him plenty to chew on, but all my attempts at brushing his teeth just result in him licking the puppypaste off my finger. If they do want me to muzzle him I understand, he’s a big dog and he’s scared them in the past. A scared vet makes mistakes. A scared vet could even accidentally miss-handle and hurt Rufus or themselves. I don’t see why people get insulted when asked to muzzle their little hellions, it makes is a safer experience for everyone.
If he behaves (oh heck who am I kidding, even if he doesn’t) I’m rewarding him with a trip to PetSmart to pick out toys and treats afterwards. Wish him luck!