This is the reason they pounds are over-flowing, not because people want a certain type of dog. The pounds are full of mutts and pure-bred dogs: over-breeding is rife, also the ridiculous lack of neutering and spaying of dogs across the board is cause for the number of unwanted dogs in this country. Blaming people who research the right breed for their family and choose accordingly is a cop out, in my personal view, and unhelpful.
I would always attend procedures at my Vets unless they involved sterile/scrubbed conditions. But I do agree with Zapperzy that some owners can be a liability in the treatment room & their presence can cause more stress.
Vets do have to make a judgement call regarding temperament & they do rely on information from clients. The only was to minimise the risk of a bite is to grasp the animal very firmly or use a muzzle & neither are pleasant for the animal.
I think that the key to this is getting to know your Vet & I would avoid practices with lots of Vets - mine has three & I know them all. But some of this is also down to responsible ownership in training your dog to accept being touched, groomed etc.
My Vet encourages people to pop in with their dogs if they are passing by so that the dog gets used to the environment. The only mistake that the OP's Vet made was to comment in public - he should of asked the client into a consulting room if he wanted to mention the bite.
When did I BLAME people for researching what type of dog they want?Read again. I said "there are those " does not mean everyone. It means a few, alot, but not everyone. I understand overbreeding is rife and people not spaying and neutring its a big contribution to the pounds overflowing and I agree with you on that. I personally would take a mutt over a pupe breed due to the fact that most pupe breed suffer health wise and that is widely known but that is just my preference and not a STAB at anyone.
"Bugs the sh!t out of me when people buy dogs because they either want a puppy and then loose the head when it starts to chew the furniture etc or they want to buy a pure breed."
I can see where you are coming from. I have taken rescue dogs in the past and see no difference between them and pedigree breeds BUT I have always wanted a Miniature Schnauzer. He is perfect for my small house and great with my son. There are some dodgy breeders/puppy farms out there but as others have said most people who are looking for a pure breed dog do their research and buy from a reputable breeder. If nobody bred dogs we wouldn't have all the wonderful dog breeds
And thanks again guys for all the replies. I'm definitely changing vets but I am still going to keep an aye on Chewie's behaviour and do some training classes with him as he is a stubborn little sod
Glad that you're changing vets.
I had a similar experience last year when a vet got cagey about my dog as soon as he saw him. He had to inject him but practically stabbed him and then reacted with an 'AHA I knew you'd do that' when my dog barked/snapped with pain. Dog didnt even go near him and has had jabs all his life without issue.
So I have to change vet again now. I was spoiled with Gillian Hicks when I lived in wicklow
Gingernut31, Bullseye1, fatmammycat - if you want to have a conversation on the pros/cons of rescues/buying a dog, start a thread for the purpose or find one that's appropriate.
Keep the thread on topic please.
I always bring my dog in to the vets, *He is a rescue* and he feels more comfortable with me beside him. The first vet i took him too treated him like a number and didnt understand that my dog was very nervous and had a fear of men so i changed vets. If you feel the vet isnt right for you or you feel he/she wasnt professional, change vets.
I would say you're over reacting as you suggest
Ziggy - How is Chewie now?
And no - I don't think you're over-reacting. Maybe the vet was having an off-day. If you're not comfortable with your vet for any reason, then change. You don't have to justify this to anyone...
Cheers Paddy Care to explain why?
Chewie is fine now thanks
Actually cut his eyebrows and the hair under his eyes today and there wasn't a peep out of him he was just trying to eat the comb so I really do think the vet just hurt him or was over-exaggerating that he bit her.
Off topic posts removed, if it continues - expect a short ban
Well.. He is called Chewie... With a name Like that what did the vet expect.
I'd Change vet.
It'll be a long & happy life your dog has; why spoil it or stress yiu & your dog out with a vet that is unsympathetic, inconsiderate & intolerant in a public forum, at a time when you are already upset & stressed.
Lifes too short & your dog deserves better.
I'd be asking how s/he acts and reacts when there is noone around to see if that is how they are happy to act & behave with a roomfull of paying stressed guests.