My only thought to threads like this is...
Why let it bother you?
If you live with the dog and you know the dog, then what's the problem?
Vet offices smell funny. Many perfectly solid dogs are whiny at the vets. Especially a young dog!
Who cares. So someone said something ignorant. I was in a hotel this weekend with women giving my Seger the hairy eyeball. I know he's a good boy. You can just stay right back there if you choose, ladies.