Here’s my story about A Dog’s Anxiety of Veterinarians and How It Changed My Life. My dog Boomer, a Wheaton Terrier, was almost 12 years old when I took him in for his annual physical. In the past, Boomer was sometimes mouthy and didn’t want a vet working on near his face. On April 23, 2004, the vet muzzled Boomer and started the physical. I held him. When she looked in his eyes, he snarled from his gut and it sounded like the Exorcist. Both of us were shocked and she said something like “I guess I won’t examine your mouth and ears today.” His blood test showed his liver enzymes were high and we decided to test in a month or so.
Right before his appointment, I read The Tellington TTouch® by Linda Tellington-Jones. I made Boomer’s appointment for his bio-acid liver test where they would take a blood sample, feed him, and then two hours later take another blood test. Only using the knowledge I had gleamed from the book and cards, I attempted to use TTouch® on Boomer. A card on Mouth TTouch® stated it helped with fear of veterinary offices. I thought it might help the dog’s anxiety. I sat next to him on the sofa, stuck a finger in his mouth (I didn’t ask him if I could) and tried to perform the Mouth TTouch® each night for 6 days. The touches were very quick and clumsy. The first time he pulled away after 2 seconds, if that. The sixth night Boomer let me do the TTouch® mouth work for 15 seconds on his top gum.