I know it can't be helped, but it really shouldn't be this way for him. Today should have been a pleasant day with me carrying him in and giving him a biscuit whilst he stood on a table oblivious of the injection. Instead I guess it was the first traumatic experience of his young life and there was no way of doing it differently. But it had to be done, he had to face it. The vet assured me that he did calm down once he was inside and that he ate his biscuit and was happy to be weighed .. he was 9.4kg.
Whilst waiting for Asha's medication I saw a friend had arrived in the car park. I asked him to go and talk to Orin who by then was back in the van, he did and Orin was pleased to meet him. When the vet came out she suggested Kevin take him out of the van .. he did and it went really well, he was all over Kevin, he was the normal Orin. I've no idea why he would freak as he did, but we have noticed that he often hesitates when he's in a situation for the first time, we usually give him time and within minutes he's OK. Maybe this was a similar situation and I should have given him more time instead of telling them to just take him in. It was my call and I think I got it wrong, but I could never have envisaged his reaction. As I said to someone earlier, I've had the breed almost 30 years and during the whole time I've owned multiple dogs but still I continue to learn. We live and learn. So now I need to park up the van somewhere and get people to get him out of the van, hopefully his experience with Kevin will already have helped him forget ...
As Orin was over 10 weeks getting his vaccination the vet reminded me that no second vacs was necessary and that the product was now licensed for 3 years. I did know that this was the recommended protocol from Norbivac and had sent that information to all the puppy buyers in good time for them to follow this practice. Sadly sometimes at the cost of our dogs health some vets use vaccinations as a money making scheme, thankfully I was further encouraged of my vets ethical practices today.
I had a discussion with the vet about Nico's interdigital cyst. Mostly it doesn't bother him, he's never lame on it but occasionally he has periods of licking it. She suggest I carry on as I am, but should he show lameness or pain then a short course of pain relief may be necessary.
I also asked about getting Sammi spayed .. sadly due to the virus it is not considered a necessary procedure .. so we have to wait!