Posted : 5/15/2009 9:41:08 AM
Acclimation to a muzzle is great forethought on your part. If it were me, I'd still go with a basket muzzle because I trust them more, but make sure it fits well and is plastic or leather vs. metal to avoid potential for problems with swinging heads as others have mentioned.
Now, this isn't related to the muzzle part, but I feel the need to say it: if you are EVER uncomfortable with what a vet or tech wants to do or is doing with your dog, you *do* have the right to speak up, stop the interaction, and/or ask questions about what they are doing.
I have seen way too many of my students let vets and techs do things to their dogs that were unnecessary and potentially problematic because the vet and the tech are "authorities" and "shouldn't be questioned by a pet owner". Your dog is relying on you to keep them safe, reduce their stress, and speak for them when needed.
Another fyi: *DON'T* let you vet prescribe Ace or any other med for making handling easier without asking about what it does (ace is a paralytic, so handling is easier but your pet is still totally as freaked and worried as before and thus may be more anxious at the next visit since at the last one they couldn't escape the stressor) and making sure you pet's whole being is being taken into account, not just the "bitey" part.
I may be extreme, but I have left a vet's office after a tech refused to listen to me about how to handle my fearful dog. No one gets to tell me that it's ok they pick up my fearful, highly stressed dog because "they know how to do it" after I've said that I will do it since it's very stressful for her and we're already there for stress colitis! I do NOT want my dog to have a bite history because of someone else's ego.
We now go to a vet whose staff listens to owners, has vets that allow dogs time to get to know them before handling, and explain to me why they do things a certain way or require techs to restrain animals before doing it - everyone deserves to have a vet and vet staff that respects them and their animals like that!