Monday, February 24, 2014

Monday Mischief- A Doggy Hannibal Lector

On Friday afternoon/evening, Bruce had his annual wellness visit and blood work.  His appointments are always later in the day, because Les has to go with me.

Bruce has always been muzzled at the vet in the past, and I purchased a basket muzzle for us to have in the event of an emergency.

Upon arriving at the vet's office, Les and Bruce walked around, while I checked Bruce in.  We then put the muzzle on him.  He does resist it a little, but nothing too terrible.

It was cold out, so we went into the waiting area.

malamute sized muzzle, putting muzzle on a wolfdog
Claaarrricce...He looks like Hannibal Lector, we joke. 

Bruce was very good while we were waiting, and upon initially going into the examination room.  He sat or lay quietly, even after Dr. S came into the room.  Once she began her exam, his attitude changed, and everyone was grateful for the muzzle.  He can be a giant jerk.

Eventually his exam was finished, with the exception or oral exam and rectal temperature, which we don't have done on Bruce.  I assured the vet his teeth are shiny, white, and that his gums never appear inflamed. 

It took four people, including Les and I, for the vet to draw his blood.  It was sent for CBC and CMP, along with a heartworm test.  (We got the call Saturday morning that everything came back perfect.)

His exam was finished.  Les took him outside briefly, and removed the muzzle.  Dr. S told me Bruce could stand to lose 3-6 lbs.  I have not told Bruce this yet...

Due to the temperature, and the empty waiting area, Les and Bruce came back inside.  Bruce was all smiles, waiting for me to check us out and pay.

Malamute wolf mix, wolamute


  1. Our vet keeps telling me I need to gain weight. Bruce should go to mine. Ha roo roo roo!
    (Glad the blood tests were all good!)
    Play bows,

  2. My mom has a giant St Bernard that has to be muzzled just for vet visits too. I understand.

  3. Nobody likes vet visits. Swing by slimdoggy to see lots of tips on shedding those few's tough in the winter with the weather being uncooperative.

  4. The blood draw was not Mia's favorite part of her recent vet visit. They took her into another room and I could hear her crying. It seemed to take a looong time, but when they brought her back, they acted like everything had gone great. I think the techs were covering up how hard it was, and wished I'd been able to help hold onto her for the procedure. Anyway, her tests came back perfect, too!

  5. Nola is exceedingly nervous at the vet (only place she gets anxious), but thankfully has never, ever shown any sign of snapping. She just curls against me and waits for it to be over.

  6. Beamer just looks to me for assurance and comfort at the vet. He's very docile when being handled. I watched as his vet shoved her whole finger where the sun don't shine and he never tried to snap at her. He just looked incredibly violated and ashamed :P

  7. That's some serious mischief there! Hope everything came out okay! Love Dolly

  8. Yeah, it's bad enough they have to go through their vet visits, it was best to wait to break the news about the weight loss to! I'm glad all his tests came back perfect, that's always a relief.
    Jan, Wag 'n Woof Pets

  9. Oh Boy we need to get one of those muzzles for my mean sister Maggie whenever hers tries to bites my back legs...only we don't have a nose for it to fit on. So glad his bloodwork went fine.
    stella rose

  10. Aww poor boy! I can imagine that it took that many people to draw his blood! He's a big boy!
    Hello Clarisssse! **shutter** blah!
    ((husky hugz))
    frum our pack at love is being owned by a husky

  11. I'm sure it was stressful for everyone. I guess I take it for granted that my dog will not bite at the vet. I'm glad that's something I don't have to worry about.

  12. That's why we have our favorite vet. She truly has a way with animals. Even though Buchi is such an angry dog, this vet will correct his behavior. I think he honestly respects her because he allows the fur on his nose to be cut short while he's never allowed this with other people.

  13. Doggy Hannibal Lector! BOL!! That is too funny. Bentley doesn't like going but he is not too bad. My Golden Retriever used to take a team to hold him still. They can be such pitiful big babies <3

  14. Well Hannibal and muzzles are like match made in heaven so I would not disagree on that. This is a perfect and not too complicated holiday or everyday project for your dog. Making your own dog muzzle is a fairly easy project. I found a good guide here:

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