How to Decrease Your Pet’s Anxiety About Going to the Vet
Do you have pet who is a little skittish when it’s time to come visit us? Here are our top four tips to help!
- Practice: Pull out the cat carrier several days ahead of time, and leave it open with treats inside. Or take your dog for a few car rides leading up to the appointment day.
- Rewards: We use high-value treats, such as peanut butter and hot dogs, to reward your pets during their exam. It’s really important that your pet comes hungry to their vet visit.
- Sounds: Sounds can set the mood – even for pets! Consider playing classical music during the drive, and speak with a low calm voice. High-pitched praise can often increase anxiety.
- Call: If you have a really anxious pet, call us ahead of time to let us know. Pharmaceutical and nutraceutical intervention may be advised to supplement your other fear-free efforts.