Not Letting Your Vet Know Your Pet Isn’t Friendly
If you know your dog is not particularly social, or is frightened or aggressive around other dogs, speak up. Your vet should be able to accommodate you and your pet, as their goal is keep everyone in the office safe and well. “No veterinarian wants to have a fight or an injury occur in the place where pets come to be treated, so make certain you don't contribute to this by avoiding a potential problem before it happens,” Konecny said.
Even if your dog is typically friendly, he could be overwhelmed by a waiting room filled with other animals, so try to be aware of your dog's attitude and how it impacts the room, Konecny said. If your dog is very frightened or gets aggressive, you might consider waiting outside or in the car and asking the staff to call you when they are ready to move into an exam room, she said.
Liff added, “in our office, we try to plan for any patients with special needs – if they don't like other dogs, they can go straight to a room instead of sitting in the lobby with other pets.”