When I first got Arwen, She was a tiny little thing 6 pounds. And the vet made herself so small, on the floor. There was no trying to dominate the little puppy. Reading your post, Loneforce filled me with sadness. Sadness for the puppy, you, the owner, and for all the people that this vet is doing that kind of crap to.
Jag, I have offered and asked for a muzzle on my dogs. I do not want them to bite even if they are hurting, or scared. So far, mine haven't but I just don't want to put the staff at risk. If they want to put a muzzle on my girl who is injured and needing to be lifted to get an x-ray, I have no problem with that at all. But if they wanted me to muzzle a dog for an exam, simply because it is a GSD, and it is not behaving badly, that would tick me off.
It's funny, but my girls do not freak out from being muzzled. It doesn't bother them. It makes me feel more comfortable. I might not be liable if my dog bites a vet or vet tech, but I would feel bad about it. I can count all the times we have muzzled a dog at the vet's on the fingers of one hand, and considering the number of dogs I have and have had, that's pretty good I think.
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