Hi all, first post brought about by a very unsavoury incident at the vets yesterday and I am hoping somebody can say whether they believe the vet used the correct way to approach it or not. Background - my 5 year old German Shepherd had to be neutered because one of his testicles had not dropped and the vets informed me it was an increased risk of cancer and early death. I agreed to the neutering and yesterday he went for his stitches to be removed. The "vet" (not sure if he was a vet or nurse or what) muzzled him then he wrestled him to the ground and lay over him while the other assistant removed some of the stictches. My dog fought all the way and it was obvious he was becoming more and more distresed and he yelped in pain several times. Looking back i should have stopped it earlier but I assumed the "professionals" knew what they were doing, just like we do when we go the doctors for example. It was obvious to me that it was not going to be fully successful and i suggested that would it not be better to sedate the dog first? The "vet" said yes and to bring him back on monday. The dog took some time to recove from this before i could walk him back to the car. Since then he has been a different dog - listless, whimpering, totally different to before this ordeal. Does this souynd like the right way to remove stitches from a dog, or would a better approach just have been from the outset to have arranged sedation and removal without all of the distress and possible risk of injury to him? I'd appreciate your views and I'm already kicking myself for not stopping him earlier.