A dog or cat acts out of character in a hospital setting for a number of reasons. Pain, fear, a bad experience or the need to protect their human. These can all provoke aggression, even though they may not be aggressive at home. By alerting the staff they can take necessary precautions to ensure the safety of your pet and themselves. I think we forget sometimes how dangerous even the mildest pet can be when their innate nature takes hold. Please let us know if your dog or cat has growled, scratch or bitten someone previously. Nothing is more frustrating or dangerous after being almost bitten is hearing “oh yeah he does that sometimes at the vet!”
Fortunately, there are many humane ways to work effectively with an aggressive dogs or cats: chemical sedation or muzzling is a reasonable option. Sometimes, simply separating a dog (less so for cats), from their human subdues this aggressive tendency. Muzzling is not a punishment and you should not feel ashamed or hesitant if your pet needs one. They do not hurt them they simply restrict their ability to open the jaw wide enough to bite with force. They can comfortable relax there jaw. Restraining with brute force (a.k.a. “brutacaine”) is never warranted or performed at Meadowlands Veterinary Hospital. So if you know your dog or cat has this tendency, working with them at home to get them use to the muzzle is a very effective tool to minimize stress for both them and the veterinary staff.
For more information on how to get your pet more use to procedures such as nail trims, ear cleaning, vaccines, or simply the vet’s office call us at 201-646-2008!