My dog is a bulldog mix, about 80 pounds. He refuses to go the vet. He knows the look of the place, and he knows the doctors very well, so when he sees them, he whines. I can't get him out of the car. What should I do about this?
Talk to your vet about prescribing an anti-anxiety medication before visits. (Although I do not like medicating my animals, you have to consider their best interest and make sure that they do not hurt themselves or someone else.)
80 pounds is quite a bit of weight to lift so maybe try to schedule visits when someone can go with you to help and put him in a large carrier??? They do have the crates that have wheels and a pull handle so maybe you can put him in one of those and just wheel him in.
Sorry, I'm really of no help...
Friends will step in when the rest of the world steps out.
You could try making vet visits fun by taking one of his favorite toys & some treats. You could also stop by your vet clinic/hospital for a visit occassionally with your dog so that he will associate going there with happy experiences.
You should check out a Mobile Vet in your area. Most times they are very good vets who have been frustrated by the office settingg.My girl didn't mind going to the first Vet visit....but then she had to sit and wait...in a cold room...barking because it was small and the so upset by the time the vet got there she didn't want to be bothered. Then I found Healthy Pet Mobile Vet here in MD. She came in a fully stocked vehicle....a mini vet office. My girl was able to walk around. she went from the house to the vehicle. When the pups were being examined she was able to go in and out watching the vet and the pups. Then it was her turn, and didn't even flinch when the vet touched her to do her nails. It was the best experience for her. Being at the house was comforting and she really enjoyed it. I would recommend this kind of vet. She became a mobile vet because she wanted to spend more time with the animals than is usually allowed in a vets office.When she shows up, and my dogs are wagging their tails to see her I know I made the right choice.