AND you thought getting the dog to take a worming tablet was tough.
After 40 years as a vet, Griffith's Brian Taylor has just taken a new career tack, agreeing to be the official vet for Altina Wildlife Park.
From injecting giraffes to operating on lions, the role is a far cry from Mr Taylor's experience with horses and domestic animals.
As part of the agreement, Altina owner Gino Altin has purchased Mr Taylor's former Spence Road vet surgery and renamed it All Creatures Vet Hospital.
Mr Taylor, who has been on an 18-month hiatus from the job, said he was undaunted by the prospect of working with dangerous exotic animals.
"With domestic pets, at least you're not worried if they're going to eat you," Mr Taylor said.
"But in the end, you just rely on accumulated wisdom and many of the principles are still the same."
He said strict precautions were always taken when he was dealing with the park's more aggressive animals.
"There's always someone on stand-by with a gun; and not just any gun, a gun that will stop them and not just make them angrier," Mr Taylor said.
Mr Altin said offering a second vet clinic for local pet owners was an "easy decision".
"The business was struggling so we decided to fix it up a bit and re-open it," he said.