Zoe and I are both extremely unhappy campers at the moment. :(
Zoe was due for a rabies shot and my vet is over an hour drive away so I decided to go to a shot clinic nearby. It was just one shot and it shouldn't have been a big deal. Right? Nope, wrong. We get there and fill out the paperwork and after waiting for our turn, we get up to the vet and I let her know that I used to work for a vet clinic and that Zoe is used to being handled. What do they do? They take the dog from me and completely man handle her for one shot. Seriously? My dog needs a bear hug on the ground for a rabies shot? I asked them to stop and tried to tell them that she was good and didn't need to be held down but they would not listen to me. They treated me like I was "one of those (know it all) owners". They caused Zoe to freak out and flail around and traumatized her. Apparently these vet techs have never heard of "low stress handling".
In four years, I've never been so agitated for a simple procedure. I've never seen any of the vet techs that I used to work with ever restrain a dog like what was done to my dog and it was extremely upsetting. It's also dangerous to restrain a dog like that. I called the hotline and complained.
I don't think we are going to be doing any more shot clinics since we had a bad experience the last time, too. It was a different shot clinic but we still had issues with them not listening to us and drawing blood from the wrong area. We asked them to draw blood from Zoe's neck or back leg and they put a needle in her front leg which is way more painful than the other two locations causing her to yelp. The people at the shot clinics seem very rushed and like they just don't care. Next time I'm just going to drive across town to the place I used to work at. No Cesar Millan death rolls required. :(
|I took this a couple of hours after the "incident" and she was still upset.|
Knowing my dog, Zoe is going to be so freaked out now that she probably won't even care when she sees vet techs she knows. Which makes me really sad and worries me about future vet visits. So thanks for that, shot clinic techs!
I guess the moral of the story is to always go to the place you are comfortable at and if you're going somewhere new to check them out before you commit to anything.