All pet owners want their vet trips to be relaxing. At PetSafe® Brand we’re dedicated to making sure you’re having as many ‘best moments’ with your pets as possible, so we have brought you advice on how to keep the stress down surrounding vets visits. Follow these tips on how to make the whole experience a less ruff one…
Call in to say ‘woof’
Your dog will build a more positive association with the vets if they visit just to receive some attention and some treats and not a place to be scared of. Call in to say hello at points throughout the year and get them used to the surroundings.
Get your dog used to being touched as soon as possible, it will cause them less stress when the vet has to inspect their fur and will allow you to spot any earlier abnormalities.
Hot tail there in the morning
Booking an appointment first thing will mean waiting around will be less likely, giving you less time to build up any nerves whilst in the waiting room.
Wags on wheels
Get your pup used to travelling in the car when visiting nice places so they aren’t immediately aware their journey is taking them to the vets. It is also encouraged to keep any carriers accessible for them to get used to before the day of taking them.
When you are calm, it sets a calm environment for your dog. If you are nervous, try to avoid petting your pup as it reinforces that their anxious behaviour is warranted.
Use positive reinforcement when you see good behaviours by taking some of their favourite treats. Get the vet to support your actions by rewarding good behaviours throughout the examination, soon they’ll be much more confident about their vet’s visits.
Pup-date your visits
It is possible that your veterinarian will offer house calls for particularly anxious dogs, but otherwise, some pre-visit medication that you can administer will calm a stressed out dog.
We hope that with help from our tips, next time you’re taking a trip to the vets you can make it a positive experience for both of you. If you have any tips or ways that you calm your dog when you’re visiting the vets, let us know by leaving us a comment.