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Old 08-13-2010, 05:00 PM   #1
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Default 10 things not to do with pets in a vet waiting room-article

This article sure caught my attention. Having spent more time in veterinary waiting rooms than I ever expected to, I think I have seen every one of these no-no's committed and am half-tempted to print out this article and hand it out to people at the door! ...especially to the woman who committed multiple transgressions when she came in with four kids, -the oldest about nine, holding the hand of the youngest who was just learning to walk, two dogs-one on a retractable leash held by the oldest child and working like a yoyo-,the woman herself carrying an unleashed small dog, and attempting to jump ahead of other clients to talk to the receptionist while simultaneously talking on her cell phone!! Thankfully, the center where I take my dog has wonderful staff who know when to step in and smooth over situations like that for everyone's safety and comfort. It makes me wonder how they behave at their own doctor's office!

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Heck the animal hospital I go to would have told the woman to go back out and come in when she had the dog on a leash - all pets must be on leash or in a carrier, no exceptions. Not sure how picky they are about retractable leashes though.

The only thing I wonder about is when they say not to bring little children in, well, I'm curious what are you supposed to do? You can't leave the child at home unattended and you can't leave a young child alone in a car either. If you can't find someone to watch your kid when the pet needs to go to the vet, what do you do?
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The center where Chessie is seen is also open as a 24 hour emergency center so in some cases I can see it as impossible to make plans ahead of time. I think that's one reason their staff is so on top of things to step in and help out. I think if you have to bring several little children with you in a non-emergency situation you should probably schedule an appointment for a time when you do have coverage for the kids or enlist the help of another adult to accompany you.
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When I first got the kittens we had to bring our nephew with us, and he is 2. Luckily, even though we had 3 kittens with us, Pat played with Kaidan while I took care of the animals. My vet even has toys for children in the waiting area.
I have also seen a woman come in with an unleashed dog. The waiting room was empty though, and it was a stray she had just picked up.
I have even held the kittens while at the vet, but that was only when they were very small, and the crate was there if I needed it.
I guess I'm a bad vet visitor, lol. I can see how those are bad ideas though, my situations were just exceptions, heh

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Oh man. Aggressive dogs. I know one guy who should have told the vet the dog was aggressive, or at least...over active. Big huge Doberman, I mean HUGE, as in fat. When I walked into the waiting room with Massimo he started getting that look in his eye and both of us sat down. Another dog and a guy came inside while the Doberman was with the vet. When the vet came out with the doberman, the dobie flew towards the other dog. Poor vet flying behind him. The dog went nuts. The owner was like "Oh, he just wants to play. Just happy to see another dog." Even if he was, which I highly doubt because this didn't look like play behavior to me (though I'm not specialist either), it's still intimidating. And I think if both my dog, and the other guys dog weren't calm headed we would have had a problem.
Oh, and one other rule that drives me crazy that I don't think was listed. Don't baby talk my dog. That goes for employees to. Massimo goes nuts for that sort of thing. I mean he becomes uncontrollable when people start talking in that high pitched voice and going "Aren't you a pretty boy, yeah?" Trying to control my dog after that is useless. He starts barking and trying to pull on the leash, jumping on the desk. I'm like "Oh my god, please just stop." And they keep going on, even after I get him calmed back down.
He's gotten better though with some training, but it's difficult still when people start showering him with attention when he's doing something he's not suppose to. And I suppose it falls under not bringing an anxious dog in, but I've talked to them about it and they say they can't do anything about it (as far as bringing him in through the back or whatever).

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Oh, and one other rule that drives me crazy that I don't think was listed. Don't baby talk my dog. That goes for employees to. Massimo goes nuts for that sort of thing. I mean he becomes uncontrollable when people start talking in that high pitched voice and going "Aren't you a pretty boy, yeah?" Trying to control my dog after that is useless. He starts barking and trying to pull on the leash, jumping on the desk. I'm like "Oh my god, please just stop." And they keep going on, even after I get him calmed back down.
Oh my goodness, you would hate one of the assistants at my vet's office then! she has the highest pitched squeaky voice I have ever heard for baby talk. It is incredibly annoying, and it is to the point that even the dogs look at her like "Really, is that necessary?"

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Oh my goodness, you would hate one of the assistants at my vet's office then! she has the highest pitched squeaky voice I have ever heard for baby talk. It is incredibly annoying, and it is to the point that even the dogs look at her like "Really, is that necessary?"
Everyone at my vet does it. And then to top it off, when I correct Massimo, or try to calm him in anyway they're always like "Oh, it's ok! He's so cute!" No, I'm not ok with having to deal with an 80 pound hyper dog now with a loud, high pitch bark. ><
People do the same thing at Petsmart. And I try to go every now and again to try and tame this behavior.

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They should add : don't let your dog crap all over the floor in the office.
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Lucy usually goes in to get her anal glands emptied. So she hates the place! (The place that always pinches my behind!) She develops a sudden inability to walk! usually they skid her across the floor.
We always check for other animals before we go in.
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... We always check for other animals before we go in.
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I think that's a good practice. Many don't tell their children or forget themselves, that perhaps the dogs they see at the vet are not feeliing well, recuperating from surgery, fearful of being at the vet, etc. and might not be as friendly to other people or their pets as usual.
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