A Scared Stiff Dog and a Brick-Loving Pooch?! Ask the Vet!

Playing Dog Frozen with Fear during Veterinarian Visit!

Veterinarian Dr. Arvid Edward joins The Doctors to answer two dog-related questions. The Doctors don’t know what to make of the video of a dog on the vet’s exam table literally scared stiff. The dog's owner says his dog does this every time he goes to the vet. The Doctors laugh at how unbelievable it is that this dog can remain so still! “Are you sure that dog is not stuffed?” exclaims plastic surgeon Dr. Andrew Ordon. 

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Dr. Edward jokes that at first, he thought, "He might be a little outdated. The mannequin challenge is not trending anymore,” but then he gets serious. He says this is actually pretty sad because it means this dog is scared to the point where his body is releasing all of these neurotransmitters like adrenaline, which causes him to tense up. Being scared to this point can actually make him sick.

Dr. Edward explains that vets are now trying to implement fear-free programs in hospitals since many pets and their owners have these vet-related anxieties. He says this often starts at home by desensitizing pets to their carriers as well as having blankets or objects from home that they can bring to the vet. He adds that they are trying to have more separation with dog and cat exam rooms and entrances, as well as not make clients wait too long in the waiting room. ER physician Dr. Travis Stork points out that some vets also make house calls. Dr. Edward agrees yet warns that sometimes pets can get possessive in their own environment.

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The next pup with a problem is a dog with a brick as his best friend! The owner says the brick is in their house to hold down a carpet and has been there ever since they brought their dog home as a puppy.

Again, this seems laughable, yet Dr. Edward says there is a potential problem with this behavior. He explains we don’t know why dogs become attached to certain objects, but if they become too possessive, they can attack someone if they try to grab it. This is especially dangerous if a kid unknowingly reaches for it.

The owners need to reteach this dog to associate that brick as negative and they can use treats to ease him off of his obsession. Dr. Edward suggests giving the dog a treat and praising him with that, not the brick, which they should begin to ease away. “Do you want the brick, or do you want prime rib,” jokes Dr. Travis. 

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