Monday, September 24, 2018

Dreading Taking Your Dog To The Vets? These Strategies Can Make It Much Easier

Let be honest, even if it's just for a routine check-up taking our dog to the vet can often be a real ordeal, both for
them and for us! After all, they usually aren't too fond of the vet's office with all its strange smells and multitudes of
other critters in the waiting room. They can even act up in the car in the way there, even if they are usually as good
as gold on journeys! Luckily, there are some things you can do to make the whole experience a little easier on your
both. Read on to find out what they are.


Pick the right vet in the first place


First of all, you can cut out so much hassle an heartache by choosing the right veterinary clinic in the first place. Of
course, what we mean by this is that some clinics are so good with you animals that they alleviate much of their
fear and apprehension before they even go in. Something that can make getting them back for another visit much
easier as well.


To help you to find a clinic like this, it can be worth checking out the testimonials of other dog owners that have
used the vets in your local area. Then you will be in the best position to pick the one that will make your next vet
visit a breeze.


Don't tell them where they are going


Yes, OK so it may sound a little sneaky, but dogs are smart and pick up on emotions of their owners. Therefore, if
you start talking about the vet and working yourself up, they will pick up on it as well.


Instead, it can be a lot more practical to get them into the car without mentioning the destination. Sound crazy, I
know, but it can really work!


Make the journey itself easier


There is a whole bunch of things that you can do to make the journey to the vets easier. First of all, remember to
take some treats to coax Fido into or out of the car, in case he is being stubborn.


Secondly, avoid having them sit alongside you if you can and instead use a proper hammock or crate. The
reason for this is that not only can it help you both stay calmer on the journey there, but it can make for a much
safer trip back if they do have to have any minor procedures done.


Also, avoid taking anyone else along that your pup isn't entirely familiar and relaxed with as well, as their
presence could cause unneeded stress during the trip.  


After the visit

Lastly, when you get home, be sure you praise your dog as much as possible and give him lots of attention.
Also, prepare a quiet spot in the house where he can recover from his experience without being bothered for a
while.




Something that should allow him to get back to normal as quickly as possible, and will hopefully minimize the
negative associations with a trip to the vets from now on.

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