Even the most easygoing pooch quakes in fear at the sight of a pet carrier. Butch knows it’s time for the V-E-T, the dreaded three-letter word he associates with pokes, probes and time away from his home. Dogs visit animal clinics an average of 2.6 times per year, which could mean up to 40 vet visits in Butch’s lifetime.
Get your pup comfortable with regular visits by following these tips:
The Car Ride
Some pups LOVE car rides. Others would bolt out of your truck before you leave the driveway.
- Get her used to a carrier (if your dog is small enough to pick up). If not, use a leash.
- Music soothes the anxious beast. Try playing a specially designed sound therapy CD like Through a Dog’s Ear. Or tune into Buddy’s favorite station, whether it’s country twang, Iron Maiden or Adam Lambert.
- Try an herbal calming aid.
The Doctor’s Office
New sights, sounds and smells are everywhere. Your pet might initially seem excited to socialize, but owners need to be careful about how close Davey gets to his new pals. Other dogs could be aggressive, especially if they are in pain or socially shy. And if Davey nuzzles his nose into the wrong cat carrier, he could be in for a bite or hiss.
- Keep dogs and cats apart
- Use a short leash
- Distract your pet
- Hold him in your lap, if possible
Where are the top reasons owners cite for not taking their pets to the vet.
- 48.6% Pet not sick
- 29.3% Couldn’t afford it
- .9% Hard to transport
It’s not just shaking and cowering. Fearful behaviors can include:
- Obsessive licking
- Heavy panting
- Avoiding eye contact
- Rolling over
- Any unusual change
What’s Up, Doc?
No matter how likeable we are, your pup will likely never wag her tail and yip in delight at the thought of visiting an animal clinic. Keep her calm with these proven techniques to minimize the chance of a puppy meltdown the next time you pull out the pet carrier.
- Accompany your pet, if possible
- Hold her down (gently) for procedures
- Use treats as a reward for sitting still
- Speak in soothing tones
The best way to acclimate your pet to examinations is by practicing body checks at home. The more she’s used to exploration, the easier it will be for your vet to give her a check-up. Contact us today with any questions, or to schedule a visit.