A trip to see the veterinarian can be a stressful experience for your pet, what with all those strange sights, smells, sounds, people and animals that may be new and unfamiliar. Not to mention the potential for uncomfortable pokes and prods!
We all want to make the experience as stress-free as possible for our little pals, and there are a few things you can do to make sure you and your pet have a comfortable and productive visit:
- Take your dog for a walk prior to your visit. This will make your dog calmer while also making an accident less likely.
- Use a carrier for your cat or small dog. It prevents biting, scratching and attempts at running away. It will also protect your pet from other pets at the veterinary clinic.
- Take control in the waiting room. Keep your pet relaxed by giving lots of physical attention and talking softly.
- Aid in the exam room. Vets and vet technicians are very experienced at holding nervous and frightened animals, but your familiar face and smell will comfort your furbaby.
- Plan for extra time. If you would like extra time to talk to your vet about your pet, be sure to schedule it when you make your appointment or try to avoid peak hours. Veterinary clinics are usually busiest in the early morning or the early evening.
- Visit frequently. Regular check-ups will help your pet get used to the experience of going to the vet, and help the vet become more familiar with your pet.
- Take your pet in your car frequently so they don’t associate a car trip with a vet visit. Make a ride in the car a fun experience by bringing treats!
- You can help your pet get used to exam handling by practicing at home. Start practicing in short, daily sessions. Handle their ears, look at their teeth, and hold their paws. Be sure to give them lots of praise and treats as you go!
There you have it – eight ways to help your pet deal with a visit to the vet!
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