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Vaccinations due - worried about the visit

Discussion in 'Dog Chat' started by ForestWomble, Oct 22, 2020.


  1. ForestWomble

    ForestWomble PetForums VIP

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    I got contacted by the vet to say Bungo is due his yearly vaccination and health check, I haven't been anywhere since February, so worried about how safe travelling in a car is going to be (I can't wear a mask - genuine medical reason) and I'm worried about handing Bungo over at the door to the vets and not being able to go in with him, he hates the vets anyway (trembles as soon as he is on the table) and he has a rather embarrassing habit of screaming if we are separated.
    Not looking forward to this.
     
  2. Boxer123

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    Who will you be travelling with ? The vet might come out and do the vaccines in the car park. Just phone and explain your worried they will probably be used to nervous dogs.
     
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    Is he due or overdue?

    our vets let us go 3 months over so you may be able to wait a bit longer if you want to.
    I would ring your vets and ask their policy. I could go in the waiting room with Ted but they took him into the consultation room to do it. He didn’t mind though. A client of mine is with a bigger vet and they let them go in the room with them as the dog is nervous. Just explain your worries and hopefully they’ll be able to come up with a solution for you :)
     
  4. ForestWomble

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    I'll be going with Dad.
    That would be good if they could, I'll phone and explain.
    Thank you

    The date I managed to get makes him slightly over 1 month overdue (about 5 or 6 weeks over I think).
    I will phone them, the vets is tiny, I can only just get in the consultation room, it's a bit of a juggle lol, now Boxer123 suggested it I'm hoping they'll be happy to see him in the carpark.
    Thank you :)
     
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    Ned was due his Lepto back in June. I decided to forgo his vaccination this year as my vets still wont allow people to go in with their animals. You have to tie them to a ring by the door and then step away or get back in your car (we are in a medium risk area, less than 10 confirmed cases so i feel this is overkill)

    Unless its an emergency, im not prepared to simply hand over my dog. Ive witnessed some atrocious handling of animals by vets and nurses, and Ned currently loves going to the vets and i wish it to remain that way.
     
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  6. Torin.

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    I've had both Moril and Cad in for their vaccinations since lockdown. Cad went over as he was due right at the start. For him I made sure the vet in question was a super dog-savvy individual for reading minor body language stuff. For Moril who is obviously very stressed about it all, I made sure it was the same vet as he's seen previously. I'm not sure if he will have remembered the vet or not, but the vet definitely remembered him and was able to follow my instructions (don't stroke the cat don't stroke the cat don't stroke the cat, lots of vocal praise) very well because of that.

    (eta - my vets are at 'hand the dog over in the carpark' level, but for dogs the vet comes out to get them directly from you vs any sort of being alone or via a third party. I handed Moril over to my favourite receptionist.)

    I do super love my vet practice though. They're very up on handling and the welfare surrounding the visit, and have longer consult times and all the rest of it.

    I've had friends have dogs vaccinated in their car though. Dog needs to be secured into the boot so they can't jump out and human standing not right there to allow space.
     
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  7. rottieboys

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    Elsa, had her vaccination last week. Appointments were given to one person at a time. Vet nurse and vet were face masks and we were told to wear one as well. All went well. Elsa given a MOT .
     
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    That is a very good point, Bungo is so scared at the vets because of the handling of him as an 8 week old pup by the vet :(
    Thankfully that vet no longer works there, but we have seen two vets since, one is brilliant with him and the other can't handle him and has to muzzle him (the only person that has to, none of the nurses have ever had a problem either). I am concerned that we'll get the vet who has to muzzle him.
    I'll ask when I phone and I may end up waiting, or maybe not doing it this year if something can't be arranged, don't want to make him worse than he is.

    Thank you.

    That's really good about your vet, as I mentioned above I'll find out which vet it is.

    Thank you.
     
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    Pleased to hear it went well.
     
  10. Siskin

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    We took Isla in for her jabs during the summer and then again later on due to a rampant hot spot and another one due to a urine infection. One of us was allowed to go in (masked up) and sit in the waiting room with her. The vets office opens straight onto the waiting room. The nurse took her in and the door was left open so could speak to the vet. Isla wasn’t happy although she does like the vet, but being separated from me and then OH was in the car was just a bit much for her and she spent all her time trying to get back to me and moaning. Might have been better to have had them just take her from us in the car park.
     
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  11. Torin.

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    Definitely specifically book the appointment with a certain vet, especially if you and Bungo have a strong preference. And when you get there (we have to phone up reception when we arrive for communication) also double check that your appointment with that vet is going ahead (they've not been called away to an emergency and you've been passed over to another to cover).

    I practically always book appointments with specific individuals if it helps. I feel like more people will be doing this now too, with the whole trust thing.
     
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  12. Tyton

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    Sam has seen a lot of the vets this summer . Mostly it's been hand him over to the vet at the car and they take him inside for procedures, but they did his last blood test in the carpark.... I crawled in the back of the van behind him to hold his head and keep him still, vet and nurse were standing in front of the door and controlled the relevant leg.

    Definitely worth asking if they really need to take him away inside
     
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    I would let them know about not being able to wear a face mask before you arrive to avoid having to explain it.

    My Yorkie was actually better whilst being held by the vet. My older dog is more scared so she sat on the floor with him and tried to give him treats etc. In the end she let me hold him whilst she gave him the injection. We both wore masks and, as it was for a short time, she was fine. I have to work in close contact with children without a mask so I wasn’t bothered.
     
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  14. ForestWomble

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    Poor Isla, yes there is that possibility that being able to see and hear you, but not with you could be worse than just you not there at all for however long it all takes.

    Will do, thanks.

    Will do, thank you.

    I will let them know, Dad can wear a mask so it might end up with me staying in the car and Dad doing the actual talking to the vet etc. It has it in big letters on the website that you must wear a mask, I will see how the phonecall goes.
    Thank you.
     
  15. kirksandallchins

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    I have asthma and thought I couldn't wear a mask after the first few times and got a snood which is better. I can now wear masks too. I got used to them by wearing them in the house and doing breathing exercises.

    A friend has a visor (off Amazon) which she finds suits her.
     
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  16. ForestWomble

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    I have a visor too, so at least not without anything.
     
  17. Boxerluver30

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    I would definitely ring the vets and explain your concerns, see what they can do to help. Would they not accept you coming in with a visor? Most places do, face coverings is just mentioned. Surely masks aren't any more or less effective?

    Anyway my last experience of the vets was taking mittens (our cat) a few months ago and there it was we waited outside whilst vet took her in . It was just for an annual health check. I know with nervous animals they are allowing one person in though (or at least they were, don't know about now) so definitely ask if thats an option .

    Hope it all goes ok :)
     
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  18. MontyMaude

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    Can you request the good vet, I tend to book with two of the vets at my practise as I like them and trust them, Hilde had to have her vaccinations in August, the vet came out had a chat and walked off with Hilde she was a little hesitant but was fine, she was very pleased to see me waiting for her though, it all ran very smoothly, I did get a little over anxious as I know like me you are an over thinker ;) but also animals are often better behaved for the vets when their owners aren't with them as they pick up on our stress or have to worry about their human.
     
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    When I took Candy the other day I was allowed in with her. I was holding her head while the vet looked in her eye and put dye in so we were pretty close. Both with masks on. I think my vet at home only allows you in the waiting room. What is with all these dogs that cant be separated from their owners. Neither of mine enjoy it but there is not much choice is there. I took Candy to the eye specialist last month and she she was reluctant to leave me and kept stopping so I told the nurse to make her and when Candy realised there was no choice she trotted off quite happily. I think, like children, dogs like to know where they stand and not always be given a choice
     
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    Will do.
    Thank you.

    I will ask. I'm hoping he'll cope better without me.
    Glad Hilde was fine. Thank you.

    No idea why Bungo is the way he is, it does only happen when we are away from home though.
    For example, he will go out with either of my parents happily without me, but if we all go out and any of us go in a different direction the screaming starts, even if I'm with him and one of my parents walks away, he will scream, I've never known anything like it.
     
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