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shrieking dog

Last night Dad and I took the dogs to the vet. The original plan was for him to go into the room with Meg for her Phenobarb level and me to go into a room with Loretta for a yearly rabies vaccine and a nail trim. It all changed once we got there.

Loretta didn't need a vaccine because three-year vaccines are, in fact, recognized here as long as I have documentation (and I do). So she only needed a nail trim. So the ultra-bouncy-sweet-talking techs came and took the dogs away. Neither dog is used to this kind of talk--they're used to a simple command and a calm "good girl." I don't like anybody "baby talking" my dogs, and I don't think it's effective for getting them to sit still. And I really don't like having my dog taken away to the back room without me. But I let them do it. What can really go wrong with a nail trim and a step on the scale?

A lot.

I suddenly heard a shriek that I've only heard twice in my life: once when Meg had an episode and once when a family pet had a slipped disk in her back. I was sure that it wasn't Meg--the bark was too deep. It was also followed by the sound of Loretta's whining, which is unmistakable. And it did not stop until they brought her back to me. I was horrified. Nothing about these procedures was supposed to be painful!

I tried to be nonchalant about it when the tech brought her back. "Was that one of my dogs shrieking?"

"Oh, she doesn't like to have her nails clipped."

No dog shrieks over having her nails clipped. I looked at her nails when I got her home. She didn't fight me; but they are cut back all the way to the quick, and they look painful to me. This morning on the way to campus, she kept stopping abruptly for no reason. It was nice and cool out; and the only thing I can think is that her feet are sore. No more trips back to the back room without me!


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Jun. 29th, 2007 02:45 pm (UTC)
Poor Loretta! When I started reading, I had a feeling that they'd cut too much. I hope her paws feel better soon!
Jun. 29th, 2007 04:36 pm (UTC)
We made it home. She was better, although still seemed a bit uncomfortable. I'm going to let her rest for the weekend. I think I'll try learning to trim her nails myself. I know that some blind people can do it, and she would probably tolerate it better and I would be a lot more conservative and feel a lot better knowing that she is comfortable.

My poor little girl has been through a lot in the last few weeks--I have not even written the text up about the bad street crossing from a couple of weeks ago. And now we are entering fireworks week in Indiana. I'm having a really hard time not letting her on the bed...
Jul. 2nd, 2007 12:33 am (UTC)
Re: home
Poor girl! I hope that things settled down for her soon. All that is so stressful on pups!
Jun. 29th, 2007 09:24 pm (UTC)
Why don't you take them to a dog groomer to have their nails trimmed? Vets offices may do it sometimes, but that's really not they're trained for. That falls more under the category of "grooming". Dog groomers are specially trained to do it. If you go to a Petco or PetSmart it will cost about $8 (maybe less) to have their nails clipped. I wouldn't let my dog get his nails trimmed at the vet's office any more than I would take him to the groomers for an ear infection. You know? If you haven't had problems with the vet doing Meg's nails in the past, I'd say you were just very lucky. But after this trip, I'd say your luck fianlly ran out. Poor Loretta!!! Give her a belly rub from me.

Jun. 30th, 2007 12:57 am (UTC)
If it didn't cost me $8 each way to get to the groomer, I might think about it. My vets have always done Meg's nails as a part of her exams, and it's never been an issue. I expected it would be a routine thing to do the same with Loretta. If they aren't trained for it, then they shouldn't offer it! (They do grooming as well.)
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Jun. 30th, 2007 12:07 am (UTC)
Vel hates it too
Hi. Vel can't stand her nails being done, Ithink she was quicked as a puppy. My mo will use a dremmel might've spelled that wrong. If you've had a manicure, or not, it's a grinder, and strangel dogs seem to tollerate it better then clippers. I wouldn't clip them yourself, anyone can quick a dog not just someone who can't see the nail, and if she starts pulling away you'll have an even harder time. Maybe find a new vet, and explain this is what happened, you want to bewith your dog at alltimes, and wellI'd say somechoice words I know you wouldn't but maybe getting firm with this vet or another is what needs to be done. And if its amoney isue a lot of vets dsicount dogs. I hope that didn't come off rude, I didn't intend it that way at all. Hope she's better.
Jun. 30th, 2007 02:39 am (UTC)
Oh how horrible. I wouldn't let them trim them there again. Maybe have a groomer do it. Sigh.
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