So I took Ruby, Brando & Liyah to the vet today…Ruby & Brando for their annual visits (they both needed Lyme and heartworm done). Liyah needed her rabies shot.
I brought Liyah in first. Her last visit was very bad - the vet I normally have was on vacation and this other guy had zero people skills or dog skills that I could see...whole other story on that. When Liyah got inside, she was her usual super happy confident little self...I was relieved that she didn't have any bad association from her previous visit. The vet tech came over to give her her shot and I picked her up, it was all I could do to hold her because she was so excited to meet this person. I seriously thought she was going to yodel while getting her shot (she had that face she has when she sings :D:D)...she never even noticed that she had the shot...and was wagging her tail and had super happy ears the whole time. While we were working out what the adults needed Liyah was lying down on the floor by the front desk eating her biscuit...she was so chill! :D:D So what I thought was my one worry ended up not being one at all! Yay, Liyah!
Next in was Ruby...she was fine in the lobby and while getting weighed...they put us in a different room than we normally go in...immediately her tail went down. I let her off lead in the room so that she could run around...she was definitely a little nervous, but she looked out the window, sniffed a lot and her tail was back up. As soon as the vet (our normal vet) came near the door - on the other side, Ruby started to growl. I was shocked! When the vet came in, she really started to growl and retreated under my legs as I was sitting down. The vet was shocked because Ruby loves this vet and she loves Ruby...she's never been anything but a little angel at other visits. She bent down to talk with Ruby and Ruby looked like she was starting to be ok with her...well she put her hand out to let Ruby sniff it and Ruby tried to bite her. Not good. She suggested I put her up on the table. So I did that...Ruby is growling the whole time and looks really upset...there was no way the vet could get near her. I had to put a muzzle on her so she could get her vaccines and have blood drawn...growled on the blood draw, a little less on the first vaccine, not at all on the second vaccine. :(:( The vet was thinking it was because there was a euthanasia in that room an hour before our appointment...that was all she could think of. The vets comment was that Ruby definitely had a feeling something else not good was going to happen today. So then to make it even stranger...I pick Ruby up off the table and put her on the floor and take the muzzle off. The vet goes to get a treat for me to give her, and the second she grabs the bag, Ruby runs over and jumps up on her...all happy, like she normally is...it was so weird...instant on happy Ruby. The vet said she had never seen a dog to a complete 360 like that. She continued to feed Ruby treats and pat Ruby, no problem. I plan on bringing Ruby for purely social visits.
Next up Brando...I bring Ruby out to the car, get Brando and bring him in. He is the chill guy that he always is...happy, confident. In the exam room (same one Ruby was in), he was fine, no different, I put him up on the table, she checks his teeth checks his heart, everything...same as always, no problem. She goes to give him a vaccine and he tries to bite her too...his was definitely more of a warning! She tries it again...same result. We are both shocked...this isn't the same Brando. I have to muzzle him too. As soon as he was done, same exact reaction to Ruby...runs to the vet, very friendly normal Brando. I'm bringing him back for social visits as well.
The vet told me that as much as we were shocked it happened, that I shouldn't be upset as she is definitely not worried about them...there was just something off about today. This practice has a bunch of basenjis in it and they always comment about mine being the nice basenjis! Not today!
So what do you think...anyone ever have anything similar happen? Do you think it could have been because of the euthanasia?