I'm after a little advice from anyone who may have been in a similar situation to us. Here is some background:
Last year our 3 year old staffy x mastiff had two veterinary visits which I believe have left him with a bad taste in his mouth.
1. Attacked by our two next door neighbours dog - ok at the vet
2. Very soon after the attack he develops a bad ear infection, vet vaccinates him no drama (normal yearly vaccination), she then goes to touch/examine his ear, he lunges and growls/snaps at her, he is muzzled - the rest of the exam no is problem
3. Repeat visit for ear infection above as drops aren't working, new vet says we'll have to sedate him due to his behaviour last time, however she tries the muzzle on him and works within his comfort zone - no problem and no sedation required
4. Last week he goes back to the vet (8 months later from previous visit) different vet this time as we've moved states - he is not having any of it (we're not even in the exam room at this point) and basically he is petrified. The muzzle was not sufficient and in the end he was sedated so they could look at his ear.
Up until this point we've been planning a move back to New Zealand and obviously want to take our mutts with us. I am now concerned that the vetting requirements are going to be too much for him, I don't want him to feel like he has to lash out in fear, and I equally can't send him off to be dealt with by vets (unsupervised by us) due to the risk he now poses.
He has always been such a friendly dog that I was completely taken aback by his level of fear aggression - I felt terrible that I had to put him through this.
We are going to start desensitisation at the vets in the hope that he can get to a decent level of comfort.
Anybody else's dog have an aversion to the vet? Or has anyone moved country with their dog who didn't like the vet? I guess I'm putting it out there in the hopes that someone else has been in my shoes and made it work! We are petrified that it'll all be too much for him, and we can't bare the thought of him not coming with us - I really don't think my conscience would allow me to move without him.