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    Going to the vet: Terrible or Terrific?

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    I was just reading this silly post on themetapicture.com
    What Happens When Animals Suddenly Realize They

    And I realized that none of my dogs (at least not that I can remember) ever had any problem going to the vet. If I tell Danny, "We're gonna go see your friends at the vet's today!" He's all waggles and excited. Even when we get there, he hops out and prances in. Now this isn't a dog who hasn't had his fair share of "pin cushion" treatment at the vet. He's got mineralized disks and has had his fair share of uncomfy procedures.

    Jenny, our old cocker spaniel wasn't quite as enthusiastic, but she was never opposed to the idea either. Kinda makes me wonder if owners reactions to the idea of the "vet" is more at cause for why certain animals don't like going.

    How do your pets react?

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    Mine is TOO excited. He's never even nervous or scared at all, except he's really suspicious of the scale and he hates being on the table. But now he's so big they usually just do whatever with him on the floor.

    But yeah that's our issue, he's way too happy to be there and he wants to jump on everybody and lick them. He's not like that at home so it's hard to train it out of him.
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    We get dogs who are very excited and dogs who try to attack anyone and anything, including their owners. In fact, one of the leading causes of people not going to the vet is that their animals react adversely and they want to save their pet the stress.
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    Ours are fine with going to the vet, for the most part. I mean the kittens don't like getting in the carriers but once at the vet they're great. As for the dogs, Honey loves everything about a trip to the vet; the car ride, the place the people. She's been ignored and kept kenneled for so long that she's just blossoming with all of the attention she gets. Tank is fine with everything except being out of mine or my husband's sight - we boarded him there for ten days when our daughter moved to Ohio for college. He did fine and had fun and spent a lot of time with one of the vets in her office when she was doing paperwork (I called to find out what was going on because I never saw him on any of the webcams! ) but he was moved around so much before we got him from one persons house to another that the vet thinks it's most likely abandonment issues so they try to not get him near the hallway leading to the boarding area and he does fine. But if he sees that hallway, he plants himself and won't move. They normally have us walk with them to the scale to get his weight since it's right by that hallway.
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    Teddy gets really whiny when we pull into the parking lot, but once we get inside he just wants to say hello to EVERYONE. Over and over again. He's also suspicious of the scale.

    Jake, on the other hand, growls at everyone which is super weird because it is NOT his personality at all. He even bit at the vet once when he was in a lot of pain from his bad leg. It was the only time he's ever tried to bite anyone.

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    My cat hates going to the vet. She hates the carrier and she really dislikes being examined/getting injections. Although it's gotten better over the years.
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    His chart says he's "well-behaved but grumpy." he does become very grumpy, and literally turns his back on you.
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    Jasper freaks out as soon as we get in the parking lot. Crying, shaking, climbing up my shoulder, this is the whole time until we leave.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dr.VinoVet View Post
    We get dogs who are very excited and dogs who try to attack anyone and anything, including their owners. In fact, one of the leading causes of people not going to the vet is that their animals react adversely and they want to save their pet the stress.
    Vino,
    Do you think it's completely random just by the pet's personality or do you think owners can influence it (positively or negatively)?

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    Quote Originally Posted by sweetvanity View Post
    Vino,
    Do you think it's completely random just by the pet's personality or do you think owners can influence it (positively or negatively)?
    Both. Some dogs have wonderful, calm owners and the dog is just horrible. Some owners are beyond high strung and it creates anxiety in their dog. Some owners are beyond crazy and have mellow dogs. Owners can totally influence behavior, but are not always the cause, or sole cause of good or bad behavior.
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