How To: Tips for a Stress-Free Vet Visit
We strive to constantly provide you and your pets a calm, clean, and comforting environment. Tailoring each visit to your individual pet care needs is vital to a stress-free visit. Our staff is trained and willing to offer each and every patient gentle interactions.
The more we know about a pet’s behavior, the better we can serve you as an owner. For example, knowing that your dog does not like nail trims will allow us the opportunity to go extra slow in order to reduce stress. Some fearful dogs feel threatened by height, so you may see us crouching down low to greet your pet and establish a bond. If we appear to be ignoring your pet at first, it is because we have found that allowing the patient to approach first can be beneficial.
While we will continue to do all that we can on our end, here is a list of some tips and tricks you can do that we have found to be helpful for eliminating stress in the clinic:
- Feel free to bring in towels or blankets that smell like home. We have one patient that brings in his toy duck to each visit! The more comfortable your pet is, the less stressful the visit will be.
- Bring your pet in a bit hungry! Sometimes, allowing us to entice and reward our patients with treats can help build trust before, during, and after the visit.
- Don’t be shy! We will gladly try to accommodate any special requests you may have. Asking a receptionist to find you while waiting to see a doctor in your vehicle or outside on a bench can help stressed pets. Also, we keep bandanas and towels sprayed with calming pheromones on hand for when needed. Maybe your pet seems to slip a bit on the exam room table and becomes a little anxious with the slipping; don’t hesitate to ask us to utilize one of our slip-proof mats. Is your dog aggressive with other dogs? Ask us which entrance currently has no other pets. If you suspect your pet is painful or uncomfortable with simply walking in, ask the front desk staff for technicians to come help and to bring a stretcher.
- Megan, one of our CVMTs suggests, “instead of dragging out your cat carrier just for the vet visit, leave out the carrier in your home. It will provide your cat with a hideaway at home, and allow for a more stress-free transport when the time comes. Plus, you can leave treats and toys in the carrier for your kitty in the meantime.”
- Dr. Lee advises allowing yourself an ample amount of time for the visit in order to ensure reduced stress. “Plan ahead. Letting your cat sit and wait in the exam room for 15 minutes can make a huge difference.”
- Give your pet opportunities to enjoy car rides. Try to take them on ‘fun’ rides to parks or the bank for a treat, that way they won’t automatically associate the car with going to the vet.
What has worked for you and your pets? Go ahead and leave other tips and suggestions below!