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« Reply #10: May 20, 2011, 07:06:03 pm »


Finding a good vet is hard. They all have different ideas about how to practice their medicine. My suggestion is ask the local spca (or your version of a shelter) for a name of a good vet because they are usually the ones that need a good vet more often. When you go in with a Vet, watch how he talk, act, and handles your dogs and if he isnt treating them with the same kindness an caring you would expect of a child then they arent right for you. But for the dogs, my suggestion is this. Exercise them before you go so they are alittle worn out and all the excess energy is used up. Take treats for good behavior and if you find they are getting worked up, try distancing yourself from the other people and animals in the room because your dogs could be feeding off your tense energy and the energy of the surrounding pets. And if all else fails to calm them, sit on the floor with them for cuddle time because they will be reassured if you are calm and ok.

Thank you for all of the helpful suggestions.   Smiley  I had never thought about exercising them before the appointment, I'll have to try that on our next trip somewhere and see if it makes a significant difference. 
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