We arrived Saturday morning about 15 minutes before they opened. Already a line had formed. In front of us was a beautiful black shepherd and a charming brindle girl. Their mom and dad told me that the shepherd, Colby Jack, was named for her cheesy grin and was there for a microchip. The little brindle was named Chai, and she was 7 months old and just adopted. During Chai's adoption they realized Colby wasn't chipped! I asked them if I could work Cody close to them and mentioned he is nervous around larger dogs.
|Chai and Colby Jack.|
Once inside, Cody hopped on the scale - a svelte 18.8 lbs, a weight he's held steady at.
Onto the exam room! As soon as we got inside it was time to do the most important thing to do at the vet - have fun and PLAY!
Cody can get pretty nervous at the vet, so anytime we aren't directly interacting with the staff I try to engage him. Sometimes its simple things like asking him to sit in chairs or put his paws up on something and hold it there for me .
Sometimes it's giving him cuddles when he needs touch and reassurance that things are ok.
Or simply looking at him and giving him a sense of connection. Cody relies heavily on his person to feel safe, so even eye contact and a soft face can mean security for him.
Sometimes it's games such as tossing food around the room for him to seek. I think this might be his favorite game, between you and me.
|I hear you....|
And sometimes just letting him be - like when he's listening and waiting for the vet to arrive.
His patience paid off and he had a fantastic exam. A lot of practice visits have created a vet visit where Cody still gets nervous but with some treats and gentle staff he had a full exam (including tummy to teeth!) without a single growl or incident of reflux - and of course, no muzzle!
|Aren't they coming?|