Taking your Pet to the Vet
Have you noticed when it’s time to visit the vet, your pet will hide in out of reach spots like under the bed?
Taking your pet to the Vet can be stressful, however just as we humans need to visit the dreaded dentist for check-ups, it’s most likely your pet will need veterinary care at some point.
Here are a few pointers to turn a claw-scratching experience into a tail-wagging one.
- Pets can be notoriously crafty at disappearing when they know they are going to the vet. If you own a cat or other small animal have them travelling in a carrier from a young age. Practise putting them in a carrier and in the car. The more you do it, the easier it will be when you actually need to go to the vet.
- Allow your pet to get used to the motion of the car. When it comes to visiting the vet, the car ride won’t be such an ordeal. If you have a dog, take them for car rides occasionally, even if it’s just around the block or to the park.
- Find a local vet. The closer the vet is to your home the better. Shorter trips will place less stress on all and make the experience that much easier. If your pet isn’t injured or sick, you could even walk there.
- Animals can pick up on human emotions. If you’re in a panic and stressed out, it’s going to make them feel the same way. Stay calm, pat them, give them love and reassurance. If possible, give them small treats to keep them calm and content.
- Build a rapport with your vet. Get to know the staff. If they get to know you and your pet it will make the experience more comfortable.
If all else fails, there are vets who do home visits so you don’t have to worry about the trip there.