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post #1 of 18 (permalink) Old 07-21-2009, 10:08 PM Thread Starter
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Vet Visit Today

And hopefully the last one for quite a while! I'm pretty sure I've paid the vet's mortgage over the past several weeks

Anyway, Lex is 24.8 pounds and 14" at the shoulder, give or take because she really wouldn't sit still and wanted to sniff the measuring tape lol. She's a little bit lanky right now (long body) but the vet said she seems to be developing nice and slowly. She was 12 weeks this past Saturday.

I did have a bit of a problem though. One of the vet technicians (and aspiring veterinarian I discovered today) made a strange comment for the second time. The first time we ever visited the office she made the comment "oh you're gonna be fun when you're older" in a very sarcastic tone. The 8 week old puppy was whining while having her nails clipped. The second visit, we had a different vet tech. Today, she made the exact same comment in the same sarcastic tone because Lex tried to come towards me when her heart was being listened to. So the vet tech restrained her, and she stopped moving and didn't make a peep while she was getting her shots.

So, my question is this- Would you say something to her, to the vet, or not at all? Lex is done with her routine shots/exams etc for a year, so unless something comes up, I won't be seeing her for awhile. The tech is probably 18 or 19, she actually went to the same HS that I did, but was a few years younger than me. Do I chalk it up to age? I just thought it was unprofessional, and unnecessary. This pup has never growled, snapped, bitten, or even put it's little dog mouth on anyone there, so it bothers me. It also doesn't help that on our first visit she also said "I hope you don't grow up to be one of those nasty Shepherds".

Maybe I'm over reacting. What do you think?


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Re: Vet Visit Today

I think I would have said something, at the very least that her comments were unprofessional. Not to mention, if the techs come in afraid of the your dog because it's a GSD, Lex is totally going to sense their fear which could thus make her afraid and more difficult to handle. I really hate when people stereotype dogs and it's unfair of them to do that. I don't think you're overreacting at all. These people are working with animals, they need to be open minded to all breeds and species! Ugh. I don't think it would be out of line to speak up if a sarcastic comment is made the next time you visit. Plus, you are completely entitled to find a new vet with techs that are more willing to work with you and Lex.

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Dont waste your breath! Sounds like she has no clue.

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Quote:Maybe I'm over reacting
I don't think so. Hopefully this person finds a different career.

Quote: So, my question is this- Would you say something to her, to the vet, or not at all?
If you wanted to comment I would say make it to the vet. But if they are a good vet you should not have to comment at all as they should notice their employee behavior as unacceptable.
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I bet this particular tech unfortunately will become one of the vets on this board that appropriately complain about - if she makes it.

Whether I say something usually depends on my mood, and typically I don't bother unless I have to deal with them regularly. Then I would say something to the vet too.

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My vets always let me restrain my own dogs for most procedures. My one had to have stitches out of her face last week and she stood perfectly still for me - the last one just under her eye she pulled back once but then was fine to get it out. I know she would have fought a stranger. The trust just isn't there for something uncomfortable or painful but my dogs would do just about anything for me.

Being restrained by a stranger like that can be stressful and may make the dog struggle even more. GSD's are meant to be aloof and may not be comfortable with a stranger restraining them! I've never asked the vets to allow me to restrain my dogs myself - they just automatically bring me in with no tech. The techs might stop into the exam room to say hello to me or the dog but that's about it.
I did have one vet who insisted on having the tech hold my dog for her shots. This was my first GSD who was not aggressive but was a little uncomfortable with new people. I tried to tell the vet it'd be best if I held her, but the vet insisted on the tech. The dog didn't even flinch at the shot...and I never went back to that vet. I just went to that clinic because I couldn't get a convenient appointment at my regular vet.

Anyway - I would see if you can restrain your pup yourself!

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I would say something to your vet about this. If it was one of my employees I would want to know that they are not representing my practice very well. These sarcastic comments are over the line, IMO.

If she really wants to be a vet she's going to have to learn how to cultivate a friendly relationship with clients. If she continues to make rude comments when she becomes a vet, she's going to have a hard time keeping clients.


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My old man cat is an Ocelot! A VERY big cat, even though he is 16 years old and been declawed and has cancer and has lost most of this massive body weight. My vet considers him an exotic of sorts. I have to take him in with a leather horse blanket, he still has his hind claws. When we get in there, Doc gives me what I need to do the exam, thermometer, meds, etc. He doesnt hardly touch Herc out of respect of the old cat and he knows how I feel about him. I love this vet, if for some reason there was someone acting and saying something like this, I would simply say that I didnt get along with them personaly and think that there was a personality clash and would rather them not be involved in the care of my pet. The same way I would do it for a child, parent, spouse or any other family member/friend. This way, you have things your way without feeling guilty (I always feel guilty when I have to pass judgement on someone like that I dont know, dont know what kind of day they might have had etc.) and without worry of repeat situations such as what you have experienced.

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Re: Vet Visit Today

I would not make your dog a stranger at the vet's though. I would go regularly, walk in, weigh the dog if the scale is available, or get pets and treats from the vet techs.

This is your commitment to assure that this vet tech's remark does not come true.

I take puppies regularly to the vet and do not have any that spaz from being there. They are not nuts in the waiting room, and when they are really hurting, the vet is not required to look past their general fear, distrust, etc for just being there.

It is also one of the only places in this county where I can take a dog inside.

I let other people get their hackles up about little stuff. None of the people working at my vet's office are nervous our embarrassed when I come in because of a complaint.

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I make sure to make vet visits fun for the pup. Usually armed with treats and start young on getting them used to being handled and restrained. I also generally do my own dogs nails but will ask the vets to do them when I am in so the pup gets used to being handled by others. I know the Shepherds around here are generally not the greatest of temperament but I am ALWAYS complimented on my dogs behavior because it IS something that I focus on when they are young.

Something to keep in mind is vets have to deal with ALL kinds of dogs and many of them are ill tempered or ill socialized. To me their comments are not that big of a deal and at best I may have made light of the situation, like "yep, she will be one of your most fun clients!" But it is up to you to prove them wrong by working with and teaching your pup to be used to being poked and prodded. Get her used to having her mouth, eyes, ears, feet, tail and entire body being handled. Teach her to stand calmly while being handled and so the vet can easily listen to her heart and lungs. Teach her to lay on her side while having her nails done and to lay calmly while her feet are handled. Yes, I do understand that none of this would have been accomplished by this past visit but this is something I start with my pups from the day they come home. By the time they are adults they are used to being handled and vet visits are a breeze and, at least for me, filled with compliments from my vets about how well behaved my dogs have become. Yes, I do warn them as soon as they come in "if you bend your knees Tika WILL try to sit on your lap" and "when you do any part of Rayne's exam she WILL try to huff in your ear".

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