How to Make Your Pet Love the Vet
As strange as it may sound, there are many pets who adore coming to the vet. Where else can you get limitless treats and attention? However, if your dog or cat shakes uncontrollably, paces up and down and refuses to take treats from your well-meaning vet, there is still time to reverse this and help your pet love the vet.
The following are a few strategies that you can use to make the whole experience more enjoyable for you - but mostly for your beloved furry friend.
Reward with treats.
In order to increase the motivation for food, you can skip breakfast, making your pet hungry for those treats.
Do some practice runs.
If your pet shakes the minute you are close to the vet, you could consider doing a few practice runs to the vet where nothing happens except treats in the car by the vet or in the waiting room. If you give your pet a few visits where he gets nothing but treats, he will eventually stop anticipating the worst!
Off-peak appointment times.
If your dog fears the sounds of other animals in the waiting rooms such as dog or cat noise, consider making your appointment at a quiet time. When you book in, you can request to be booked in at a time when the waiting room will be quieter. You can schedule an appointment when the waiting room won’t be overloaded and you can walk right in.
If your pet really is a bit more anxious, and this anxiety seems to be more than just about vet visits, consider chatting to your vet about medications and natural remedies that might help with anxiety. There are also new tools on the market that help with anxiety such as Thundershirts
that you can try.