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BANGKOK 23 March 2019 15:39

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One of our temple dogs, a male about 8-9 years old, must have had a traumatic experience as a puppy. He is afraid of people and won't go near anyone but my wife and me. It took about 3-4 months of patience and good food before he would let us touch him. Now, we can pet him and he lets me check for ticks, but he is very nervous even after years of knowing us.

 

 The problem is, he has never had any shots. He gets Heartguard Plus every month and is wormed once a year, but no shots. The other dogs, I put in the pickup and take to the vets, no problem, but I think that would be too traumatic for this dog and I'm afraid he might bite me if I tried to pick him up. I've tried to give him a bath, but he won't allow it. He's afraid of just about everything.

 

 I'd like to know if I should just forget about the shots, or if someone has a suggestion how to get him vaccinated?  

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Important to do the shots as the dogs is getting older. Puppies and older dogs are obviously much weaker.

Do it yourself. Buy shots from the vet and do it. Either that or ask the vet, or the government vet if live close to their office to visit your house. Just muzzle him. The traumatic experience the dog will have getting the shots will be less traumatic than dying from disease.

Rabies, local municipality worker may be able to go to your house and do it. Chances are he has had rabies shots in the past if he was a temple dog. But definitely do. 

3 in 1 shot plus rabies. Over in a minute. 

Edit: if don't have a muzzle, just wrap a piece of material around the muzzle like the vets do. If cant give something as important as shots due to fear of biting, then re-home with someone who can or have the dog put down. 

Edited by wildewillie89

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All +1 For the things WW89 says. But when you are not able to control your dog, you really want to have it? I (We) are experienced with aggressive dogs, and really big, strong dogs (well not Caucasians or Filla's) but impressive dogs.... And within a few days we are able to approach them, walk them, put a leash on them....

 

And sometimes, our vet still does not trust these dogs. He takes a piece of rope, bandage, or what ever is available. And with a fast movemet it is around the dogs beak. Then he asks us to hold it. He is still very carefull, but it seems he trusts our (my) ability to control the dog.

 

Arjen 

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Thanks Wildewillie,

 

 The dog isn't mine, he lives at the temple. They were being neglected so I feed them and take care of their medical needs. I hate to traumatize him any more, but if that's what it takes, I'll do it.

 

 

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And when you are able to inject the dogs yourself, you will remove a lot of stress..... Or when the vet is able to come to your place, you also removea lot of stress..

 

What I (nearly) always do, when a dog needs to go to vet, I bring also an other dog. I bring the other dog in the examination room, let it jump on the examinsation table.  Ask the  vet to hug the dog, give the dog some food I brought myself. In a case of emergency I skip this....

 

Arjen.

 

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