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Thread: Is Your Dog Allowed on Seat at Vet, rude receptionist

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sean View Post
    Your vet would freak out if Mojo went there. First thing he does is jump up with his front paws on the counter and stands there chatting up all the ladies who work there. I dont know who drools more...him or the girls LOL.

    Bugger em' mate ... find out who owns the place (usually the main vet) , let them know your pissed off and if they dont sort it ... ditch them for another vet.
    The money we spend at vets,.. they should be giving us massages and cold beers while we wait.
    Can I borrow Mojo he's just what I need...get em Mojo. Maybe I'm too nice with the bastards...don't know who wears the pants at this vets the bloke who owns it or Mrs Cranky...they should be paying me to take this crap and I don't come cheap either.
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    gypsy went to the vet for her regular check up and vac booster just last week. As usual the first thing she does is run around behind the counter to say hello! then she proceeds to jump on one of the seats and wait, my vet thinks it's great
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    I cant say that my vet would worry. I generally dont let my dogs on the seats but there are some that do and no one seems to care. I guess if you have a dog that is likely to soil the seating I would think most people would keep them off. I have had my mums small dog on my lap at emegency as she was really to sick and distressed to be on the floor. Plenty of people have cats in carriers on seats. I havent met anyone that would have issues with a dog opening the door, in fact the nurses I know would think it was great. I mean it is a vet surgery.

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    If they don't like pets being pets even when some may think they are being pampered then they're in the wrong job. I stopped going to a particular vet practice after one of their vets reacted very badly to me taking a dog with ringworm there. The vet acted like it was bloody ebola and didn't even try to hide her annoyance at having to deal with it. If it would have been something preventable maybe I could have understood her reaction. But that was the last time I ever went there because I felt they really were only in it for the money and only wanted to take on the easy cases instead of genuinely caring about their patients and their owners.

    You hear some awful stories about treatment by vet staff. I had a friend whose dog was prone to fear biting and the receptionist at the vet told her that a dog like that should be put down. Needless to say they lost a customer, but they probably didn't care.

    Still, voting with your feet is the best thing you can do in response to substandard service.

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    Where I live I only have one option so thank goodness they are nice! I once had a dog that was very fearful, she never bit but the potential was there under stress. The vet would allow me to handle her and he was very business like about the whole thing. We would just put a muzzle on her if we needed. He told me that even good dogs under stress will sometimes snap, it is just part of dealing with animals. He was really great and suggested a good behaviourist and always took his time to make the vet trip as pleasant as possible for her.

    I dont think there is any excuse to be treated badly unless there is a really good reason.

    I did once have to insist that the vet saw my dog. The vets are not open on the weekends and my dog slashed himself badly on the Friday evening. I kept the wound clean and used an antibiotic cream to keep it soft and infection away and I rang up Monday to get him stitched and the vet nurse told me it was too late. I knew it wasnt the wound could easily be refreshed and I actually had to force her to give me an appointment after some argument. The vet took one look and said no problems and stitched him that day.

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    I took our gsd to the vet a few times when I still lived in Belgium and they always muzzled him, even though he wouldn't have harmed a fly. So I was very surprised when the Australian vet refused to muzzle my staghound the first time I took her there for an injury. I'd never seen her as much as growl at anyone or been afraid that she'd bite, but you never know how an animal is going to react when they're in pain and the vets often have their faces in a very vulnerable position and can't always pay attention to the dog's body language when they're examining a specific part of their body. I just thought it was interesting, the difference between the 2 countries.

    Sorry, side tracked again!

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    The vets I have dealt with will muzzle if they have to, they have a duty of care to their staff. However it is not done as a matter of course, only if they believe it to be neccessary. I was talking to one vet nurse the other day and she said for the most part they have very few problems with dogs.

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    id be happy to have the dog muzzled, if it makes the vet relax around my dog, the dog wont mind.

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    I'd like to put a muzzle on Mrs Cranky...I don't think my dog would mind either.
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    Oooh I didn't realise this conversation was in here... I've been watching the same conversation over on the dark side.

    My dog is a great one for putting her paws up on the counter to talk to the vet too. And at one vet with the bench seats - we both sit on the bench and lean against each other - helps me calm down.

    At the other vet - we've only sat on the seat in the consult room - haven't spent a lot of time in their waiting room - it's a bit squishy in there. The whole consult was done while she was on their chair so I'm guessing they're not that bothered by it.

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