Fear of Vet

@savypat (20217)
United States
April 27, 2013 5:44am CST
Our hound dog, Sadie has COPD and about every six weeks she has to go get a shot to keep this under control. If she doesn't get this she starts coughing badly. This has been going on for a couple of years and you would think she would get over being terrified of the Vet. They never hurt her and the shot is so small she never even feels it. But as soon as we get her in the car and start toward the Vet she starts to shake. Hubby and I hate to do this to her but it's the best we can do. Thank goodness she's a dog and not a child so she forgives us by the time we get back home.
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@barehugs (8975)
• Canada
27 Apr 13
This old farmer has raised, worked with, and loved animals from ferrets to horses, dogs, sheep,and cattle,for a lifetime. Compassion and love are 2 emotions, not properly understood by a majority of people. If a racehorse falls, seriously injured during a race,obviously never to run again, its often put out of its misery immediately, right there on the track for reason of compassion. But when an aged,and suffering dog that can never be cured, is continuously dragged to the vet, this says something about it's owner who is not differentiating between love and compassion! This person should consider which is stronger,'love of self,' or 'love and compassion for this suffering pet?'
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@savypat (20217)
• United States
30 Apr 13
We watch Sadie all the time and believe me when her quality of life turns bad I will send her to the great dog heaven. Right now she has a fine life, she has not lost weight, has no depression and is still the boss of the ranch, all other animals toe the line for her. Her coulgh is only present when she has slept all night and we are controlling that with shots every six weeks or so. We are selfish in the fact that we must have a dog on the ranch for our own protection and I hate to start training a new one, but when it comes to suffering no animal here will be kept just because of our needs.
@barehugs (8975)
• Canada
30 Apr 13
Thank you savypat, for your time, and ability to look 'outside the box,'in that you didn't take my response personally. It was intended for all pet owners, everywhere. Thanks also, for 'best response.'
@dragon54u (31629)
• United States
27 Apr 13
Cookie is the same. She shakes and drools uncontrollably, poor thing. They've never hurt her and they love animals. I just try to do my best to make her feel secure, that's about all I can do. Poor Sadie. I would give a lot to know what goes through our beloved friends' heads!
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@wolfie34 (26771)
• United Kingdom
27 Apr 13
Wow, I didn't realize dogs could actually get COPD. My father has this, and apparently it's incurable, he developed his through smoking, I wonder how dogs can develop it? Our cats always used to sulk after a visit to the vet, as soon as you opened their cage, they'd be gone, vanished into thin air, you'd hear the cat flap bang loudly after they made their great escape
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@allknowing (111146)
• India
27 Apr 13
Our little (not so little really!) girl is not scared of her Vet. He is a dog lover and knows how to handle her. She wags her tail whenever he comes over to give her, the shots!
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@Pegasus72 (1900)
28 Apr 13
How did the dog get COPD? I couldn't imagine how hard it must be to care for the dog. I don't like to see anyone suffer.
@savypat (20217)
• United States
30 Apr 13
The Vet thinks it's allergies and it is very dusty here and often humid. Other then taking a bunch of expensive, painful tests there is no way to tell the cause. And even after all the tests it's likely we still could do nothing about the cause. Sadie doesn't suffer, except for Vet visits. Even when she coughs it doesn't bother her as much as it does us, listening to her is bad news.