[HELP] The vets have injured my dog.

Hi all, I’m new to Reddit so I apologise if I have posted this in the wrong place. Please remove this post if I have.

Today I [24F] took my dog (7 year old Bichon Frisé) to the vets [UK] for his annual vaccine. Due to COVID, owners are not allowed in, so I handed him over at the doors and left him in what I thought were the safe hands of the staff.

He was in there for nearly 45 minutes. This already concerned me, as the vaccine should only have taken a couple of minutes to be done. When he came out, the first thing I noticed was that his tooth was sticking out of his mouth. On further inspection, I could clearly see that three of his front bottom teeth were very loose and hanging out of his mouth. (I am absolutely certain that his teeth were not like this before he went in) He was very distressed and couldn’t get back to the car quick enough. (This is unusual for him) I went back to the window to address my concern and asked to speak to the vet that dealt with him. The vet came out to speak to me and told me that he noticed his teeth were loose when he checked him over. If he noticed, why on earth would he not have told me when he brought him back out to me? He told me that he would give me an estimate of how much it would cost to fully remove the teeth and any tartar from his remaining teeth. I was not impressed by this...not only have they somehow dislodged my dogs teeth, but now I need to pay for them to be fully removed?

As angry and upset as I was, I didn’t think there was a lot I could do to prove that it was them, so I didn’t argue and went home to compose myself. However: we got home, I picked him up onto my lap and he let out a chilling yelp- I could tell it had badly hurt him. I gently stroked his back to comfort him but every time I touched him, he would shriek.

It’s now hours later, and I still cannot touch anywhere near his spine without it hurting him. He has turned into a nervous wreck and has been distressed all day.

I know something happened while he was in there. And the fact they are clearly lying to me about what occurred, is what concerns me.

Is there anything I can do about this? I am going to write to the practice manager but I don’t think it’ll get me anywhere. I tried writing to them when they lost a £200 vaccine that I had payed for last year, but I was never reimbursed. Any help or advice would be greatly appreciated.

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My tricksy puppy found a tether loophole…

I've been practicing tether training (sometimes called the "sit on the dog" method) to help my energetic 5 month old Havanese puppy learn to chill faster while I work. Today she got a frozen kong for tether time since she's teething hardcore. While she chewed it, her grip slipped and it rolled juuuust out of reach. I took pity on her and let her tether out a tiny bit so she could retrieve it. All was well, she settled back down to chew.

Then, a couple minutes later, I heard it roll away again but a little farther this time, so I let her back out a bit again and same thing, she retrieved it and laid back down. Then, a minute later, again it rolled away, going several feet this time. I started to get suspicious at this point so I let her out to get it again, but watched her out of the corner of my eye this time instead of going right back to work. She waited until she felt I wasn't looking and then rolled the kong away with her nose! I'm guessing the first time was legitimate, but then she saw her chance to get a little extra leash and took it.

This pup is way too smart and mischievous for anyone's good, hah! She's been a brilliant and frustrating ball of crazy since the day she came home, but I wouldn't trade away a single one of these goofy moments for an easier life without a puppy.

I love my clever little fuzzy stinker!

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[Breeds] Help me avoid a designer "oodle"

Introduction

1) Will this be your first dog? If not, what experience do you have owning/training dogs?

  • While my significant other and I, both mid-20s, grew up with dogs this will be our first time owning one independently.

2) Do you have a preference for rescuing a dog vs. going through a reputable breeder?

  • We are interested in a puppy, so likely going through a breeder.

3) Describe your ideal dog.

  • We are looking for a lovey, cuddly dog that looks to please. We currently live in an apartment and a dog which can handle that is a must. In a couple years, however, we plan on buying a house with a yard to give the dog more space. I would also like the dog to be able to handle moderate-to-difficult hikes when full grown. Her number one criterion in getting a dog is “looks like a teddy bear.”

4) What breeds or types of dogs are you interested in and why?

  • Again, the dog must “look like a teddy bear.” This means a golden-brown fluffy coat. Appearance is more important than size. As a result, her focus has been on the poodle crossbreeds: goldendoodle, cavapoo, havapoo, etc. I’ve tried to steer the search towards the more established doodle breeds (e.g., Australian labradoodle) but worry these dogs may be too big for apartment life. The dog’s appearance is very important: breeds like the King Charles are not “teddy bear” enough.

5) What sorts of things would you like to train your dog to do?

  • We want a well-behaved and attentive dog but have no specific tasks for training.

6) Do you want to compete with your dog in a sport (e.g. agility, obedience, rally) or use your dog for a form of work (e.g. hunting, herding, livestock guarding)? If so, how much experience do you have with this work/sport?

  • No.

Care Commitments

7) How long do you want to devote to training, playing with, or otherwise interacting with your dog each day?

  • 1-2 hours a day of direct interaction. Several additional hours of in-direct interaction such as sitting on the lap while watching TV.

8) How long can you exercise your dog each day, on average? What sorts of exercise are you planning to give your dog regularly and does that include using a dog park?

  • We can devote 30 minutes to an hour each day for morning and evening walks. We frequently spend our weekends in the park or going hiking, where the dog will get several hours of strenuous exercise. We are willing to take the dog to a dog park. I would love to play fetch with a tennis ball or a frisbee on occasion.

9) How much regular brushing are you willing to do? Are you open to trimming hair, cleaning ears, or doing other grooming at home? If not, would you be willing to pay a professional to do it regularly?

  • We are willing to brush the dog’s coat daily and have no problem taking it to a professional groomer on occasion.

Personal Preferences

10) What size dog are you looking for?

  • Small-to-medium sized. We would be comfortable with up to arounds 50lbs if a) it’s lovely and cuddly and b) would tolerate an apartment for several years.

11) How much shedding, barking, and slobber can you handle?

  • I have mild pet allergies and a hypoallergenic dog breed is preferred to one known to cause pet allergies. Barking is a major concern and we strongly prefer a quite breed.

12) How important is being able to let your dog off-leash in an unfenced area?

  • Our ideal dog would naturally gravitate towards us, even when off-leash, but this is not particularly important.

Dog Personality and Behavior

13) Do you want a snuggly dog or one that prefers some personal space?

  • Snuggly

14) Would you prefer a dog that wants to do its own thing or one that’s more eager-to-please?

  • Eager-to-please.

15) How would you prefer your dog to respond to someone knocking on the door or entering your yard? How would you prefer your dog to greet strangers or visitors?

  • Friendly and welcoming to strangers

16) Are you willing to manage a dog that is aggressive to other dogs?

  • Yes, but we would prefer not.

17) Are there any other behaviors you can’t deal with or want to avoid?

  • Nothing not already discussed

Lifestyle

18) How often and how long will the dog be left alone?

  • We are both employed and once Covid ends the dog will be left alone the apartment during weekdays.

19) What are the dog-related preferences of other people in the house and what will be their involvement in caring for the dog?

  • No one else besides us.

20) Do you have other pets or are you planning on having other pets? What breed or type of animal are they?

  • None.

21) Will the dog be interacting with children regularly?

  • Not immediately, but likely will in 5-10 years.

22) Do you rent or plan to rent in the future? If applicable, what breed or weight restrictions are on your current lease?

  • NA

23) What city or country do you live in and are you aware of any laws banning certain breeds?

  • We live in a major city and I’m sure any dog which fits our criteria won’t be banned.

24) What is the average temperature of a typical summer and winter day where you live?

  • Mild winters with lows in the 40s/50s and Summer highs around upper 70s but spike into the 100s.

Additional Information and Questions

25) Please provide any additional information you feel may be relevant.

  • No additional information.

26) Feel free to ask any questions below.

Thank you all in advance for taking the time to help!

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Early IVDD? Might have IVDD? [help]

Hi everyone!!

I took my 12 (11? 12.5? 13?...he’s a rescue) chihuahua corgi mix to the vet yesterday because the past few months his back legs have been slipping on the hardwood floors. I thought it was just because of the hardwood but I noticed him having difficulty walking outside too.

He doesn’t seem to be in any pain that I can tell, the vet said so too, and that the slipping is neurological. But he said it could be IVDD. We didn’t do MRI scans so we don’t know for sure? They put him on an anti inflammatory to help out.

Everything I read on IVDD is super scary. We are about to move to a big city where we will be walking around a lot. He loves walking and the vet said to keep him going until it seems he’s ready to stop.

I got him some of those toenail grips for the hardwood and I’m buying some runners, but does anyone else have any tips or info you can give on suspect IVDD?

Anyways-thank you!!!

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How to tell the difference between whining for attention in the crate and whining in the crate for potty?

Hello! We have a 12 week old puppy that originally liked going into her crate to sleep. But it was completely voluntary and not on a routine. Since moving to more of a routine and introducing forced crate naps, she’s gotten very vocal in the crate, crying at the top of her lungs.

The last two days during her midday nap, she’s peed her bed. We don’t know whether she was awake or in her sleep, but she did loudly whine both times halfway through the two hour nap. The issue is that we take her out right before, and she pees, and we know she can hold it longer than one hour.

Is she doing this out of spite/because of anxiety? Or does she really need to go? Is there a way to tell the difference?

Thanks!

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[help] my dog bit my wrist by accident and now my whole arm aches..

So my dog bit my wrist by accident whilst playing and it hurt so so bad. No broken skin but just a red mark on the underside and top side of my wrist.

There’s a constant dull ache up my arm and down my arm to my pinky and ring finger now.

It was very painful and it shocked me. I’m not mad with my girl at all but oh my days the pain and now it’s aching so bad. No bruising.

Do you think she damaged a nerve or tendon there somewhere? I have work tomorrow too 😭

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[Help] Should I neuter a 5 y.o shepherd lab mix with 75lbs of weight

He doesn't have any aggression issues, unless the other dog attacks him first.

I haven't had any problems with him, but my parents are getting older and may not be able to handle him if he gets in a fight.

Are there any benefits to neutering a dog at this age. Any downsides?

Is it cruel or painful to neuter the dog, or is it actually less cruel because he doesn't have to suffer from hormones.

Does it cause health issues to neuter him, or does it prevent future health issues?

Will insurance rates or etc go down as a result?

Thanks for your input.

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