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Spencer & Sydney had their appointment with the vet this morning for their annual check-up and vaccines. We were also scheduled for a heartworm test on each of them since they weren't done last year. Let's just say, it didn't go well at all.

They scheduled us in with the new vet in the office but I figured I would give her a shot since my regular vet doesn't work on Saturdays and I would have had to take a day off work to take them. The new vet was really young, like just out of school but she was really nice and pretty good. I started off with Spencer because he is always more difficult. The exam goes relatively well, he wasn't a fan of having his temperature taken but didn't put up too much of a fuss. The vaccines went well, I have learned not to constrain him too much, just get him to eat a treat while doing them and he is pretty good. He did try to move a few times but we managed. Then it was time for the HW test and she needed to take some blood from his front leg. He got the tech to come in to help because he couldn't move at all for this one. They tried the first arm and it was a no go, he moved way too much and screeched as soon as the needle went in. We decided that we were going to have to really hold him for this one while she tried in the other arm. The tech and I were trying to hold him while the vet tried twice and still no luck, he was absolutely terrified. The vet decided that the only way we would be able to do this would be to sedate him because he was way too stressed out and we couldn't just keep poking him. We let him calm down a bit while we went ahead and did Sydney. She is such a trooper, I swear she put her paw out for them to take the blood from her, she is such a good girl!! Then, it was time to sedate Spencer which was a needle in the muscle. Again, the tech and I had to hold him and when that needle went in, he FREAKED. He was screeching so loud it was like a human was screaming. I was almost in tears. We went back out to the waiting room for about 15 minutes while it kicked in. He was knocked right out, his tongue was hanging out and everything. I just sat there holding him until we went back in (I did take a couple pictures with my phone though ). We went in and I swear, he was being poked like he was a pin cushion. There was no blood anywhere. They tried the front legs again and nothing, she said that the veins were blown. We then went to the back legs and he was giving like a drop at a time. Finally after about 4 times of just getting a bit, we managed to get enough to do the test (1mL). They then gave him the needle to reverse it all and he quickly came out of it but man, an hour and a half later and we were finally getting out of there. There were so many people in the waiting room because they were now very behind schedule.

So, the next time we have to do this, I am going to book in with my original vet, the last time Spencer put up a fuss as well but we managed to get it done without having to sedate him. I hate doing that to him, he was pretty sleepy all day even though they gave him the shot to reverse it. So ya, what should have been just a routine checkup turned into a big ordeal.
 

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Wow! I know I want another beagle, but I don't want to even think about the vet trips.... /forums/images/%%GRAEMLIN_URL%%/rotatesmiley2.gif

As long as they are both healthy... /forums/images/%%GRAEMLIN_URL%%/eek.gif
 

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Poor Spencer. It must have been terrible for you and Sydney also to hear him crying. At least he doesn't have to go through it again for a whole year.
 

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That sounds like a terrible day! Poor Spencer. And poor you. On the bright side, it's over now and you won't have to worry about this for another year now.
 

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Actually, we won't have to worry for 2 years unless if I decide to titer him next year rather than vaccinate. They only do the HW test every 2nd year here.
 

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Awwww...poor Spencer. I bet he got extra belly rubs yesterday afternoon!
 

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I'm so glad I'm friends with Henry's vet, Jared, outside of his occupation. I know all the staff really well, so Henry actually enjoys the place. Poor Spence, missing his regular vet.
 

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Sounds like a rough visit for everyone -- certainly won't help to make Spencer more at ease the next time! To be honest, I have never heard of having to sedate a dog to get blood. Maggie's veins have collapsed (which I am told occurs with age but haven't really researched that) -- the only spot available is in her neck. Although her vet is talented in a lot of areas, it is the lead tech who is most adept at drawing Maggie's blood. Another tech holds her in a "vise" grip, holding onto her body and her head. Although I am in Maggie's sight to quiet her a little, the staff would prefer that I am not involved in holding her so they can all be the "bad guys", not me. I realize that vet practices vary from place to place so just sharing what is happening with us. I honestly can't remember how old Spencer is but I've been doing titers on Maggie for five years now and she has never had low levels requiring vaccines. She does, of course, still get tested for heartworm and has an annual rabies shot.
 

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That's the thing, as soon as anyone tries to hold him, he freaks out. He is always like that,not just at the vet, he hates being held down. He is only 3.5 years old so I doubt that it's an age thing, it is just that he is so determined and literally squeals when they put the needle in. Sydney was a trooper the whole time, she did great. I wish he was more like her at the vet. LOL
 

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Sorry you have a hard time at the vet Spencer!! Our first Beagle was like that going to the vet. They usually had me wait out in the waiting room. He seems to be better with me in the waiting room. He would squeel and cry getting his toe nails done.

We have taken Sadie and Pooh to the same vet since they were little and they both do real well.

I would go back to the experienced vet next time too.

I take ours one at a time because they don't behave in the car. They jump from the back seat to the front over and over.
 

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Poor thing! Hopefully you won't have more trouble the next time you go in.

I have horrible veins...they collapse when blood is drawn. I had to have a blood test done a few years back and my arms, hands and tops of my feet were all badly bruised after it was over from them trying to get a good vein. They ended up getting it from the top of my foot. It wasn't a fun situation for me, so I can't imagine how it would go for a dog. Especially since you can't reason with them or tell them what is being done.
 

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I am interested in adopting a Beagle, and it is actually my first time taking care of a pet!

With regard to shots and vaccination, are these annually taken and approx how much do they cost? I'm sure it varies, but just a ballpark figure for curiousity. And what type of shots are they?
Thanks so much!
 

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It cost me $240 for the two dogs this year because I went back to my old vet who is cheaper but most vets in my area it would have been about $400 for what I had done. I also didn't buy all of their Revolution yet, I only bought 1 each so I have another $200 to pay in the near future.

It really was a rough day and Spencer's legs were pretty sensitive yesterday but he is fine, I don't think he will remember any of it.
 

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Oh, poor baby! And poor mommy, too. It must have been so hard for you to see him so distressed.

Glad it's over and a clean bill of health was given.
 
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