I have a 7 year old Male and the last 2 times I have taken him to the vet he becomes moody when the vet tries to take blood. This vet has asked that from the time he was a year old to muzzle him when he comes in. So I have. The vet told me that my rottie was very aggressive but she took the muzzle off of him and was petting him.
When they take blood or try to they grab him around the neck and push him to the ground. They do not let me near him and he freaks out he lets out like this high pitched yelp and pushes away from them. I am very attached to my dog as he has saved my life!!! i was being robbed and my rottie did his job!
I guess my question is this aggressive behavior or do i need a new vet?
It’s very difficult to evaluate and comment on a question like this because I can’t actually SEE what is happening and the interaction between all parties, but from what you describe it doesn’t sound as though your dog is being aggressive as such. If he’s well-socialized and hasn’t shown any aggression in situations that don’t warrant it, then he’s probably not an ‘aggressive’ dog.
I wonder why they asked for him to be muzzled from a year on? Did he bite/snap/growl or whatever at them, or was it just ‘routine procedure’ for them with a large, guardian breed?
Not all professionals who deal with animals know or understand large breeds such as Rottweilers and they may over-react or approach situations with more ‘force’ than is necessary. From what you describe I would say it’s understandable that your dog gets scared and reacts when they are trying to take his blood. This doesn’t sound like the right approach to me.
My 10 year old male has the best temperament ever, and he will tolerate almost anything at the vet’s office (including rectal exams!) BUT he hates it when they need to give him the Bordatella nasal drops. Sometimes he even growls, which is a sound I rarely hear him make, so I muzzle him for that part. BUT, my veterinarian and staff never push him around, or are rough with him. I hold his head and calm him and they talk to him quietly and do whatever it is they must without a fuss.
Obviously I’m not hearing about the situation from your vet’s point of view and maybe there is more to this than I know, but from the facts I have here I would say that you should perhaps try to find a veterinarian who is more comfortable around your dog and who won’t scare him this way. It certainly couldn’t hurt to try, and your dog relies on you to protect and care for him the way he protects you, so if you can make this easier on him (while keeping everyone safe) then it’s worth a shot!
Hope this helps, best of luck with it all.