How to Prepare Your Pet for the Vet ClinicPosted on January 5, 2018
As a responsible pet owner, you’ve ensured that your home, routine, and lifestyle suit the needs of your furry friend. You’ve invested a lot of time, effort, and money for them. You keep them healthy, active and entertained.
Still, though, there are medical circumstances you don’t have the training to recognize. Taking your pet to the veterinary clinic for regular check-ups will safeguard him or her from hidden or internal health concerns.
It’s understandable if such a task seems overwhelming to you. Our pets can feel anxious or even afraid of trips to the vet.
If that sounds like your pet, you’re in luck. Continue reading to learn about steps you can take to prepare your pet for a visit to the veterinarian.
Research Any Services Your Pet Will Require
Make sure, if you have not done so before, to take your pet to the veterinarian for regular annual check-ups. If your pet is significantly older, or they’re known to have substantial medical problems, take them for a regular exam at least twice a year.
It will benefit your finances and your pet’s health if you catch potential problems as soon as possible at these check-ups. (Emergency pet care services costs approximately $475 – $935 on average.)
If, however, you are taking your pet to the veterinary clinic for a particular concern you have or service they need, it’s a good idea to do some research beforehand. Certain procedures or pet care services might need specific preparation.
For example, ask your vet when making the appointment whether or not you should feed your pet the morning of the visit. Having an understanding of how the visit will go will help keep you (and therefore, your pet) calm as the visit approaches.
During emergency situations, though, you obviously won’t have time to truly prepare beforehand. The only way to prevent pet health emergencies is by a healthy routine of diet, playtime, and exercise.
Prepare Notes and Questions for the Veterinarian
Along the same lines of researching beforehand, you want to prepare for your conversation with the veterinarian. It might help to intentionally write some of these things down for your memory.
What symptoms or concerns is your pet experiencing recently? Has anything changed in their diet or behavior?
What questions do you have for your veterinarian? Are you curious for advice about certain pet products or behavior training?
Stay Calm Up Until the Visit
Comfort is the most significant thing to consider when bringing your pet to the vet. If you’ve handled difficult or disobedient pets before, you’ll know that having a calm visit to the veterinary clinic is definitely desirable.
There are tips and tricks you can study to ensure your pet is as calm as possible when going to the veterinarian. There are many things you can do to reduce your pet’s anxiety – from behavior training to medication.
The easiest way to ensure your pet stays calm, though, is by staying calm yourself. Your pet naturally looks to you as a leader or guide over their behavior. If you are showing signs of nervousness and anxiety, your pet will most likely do the same.
In the days leading up to the visit, it might be a good idea to take your pet on random and fun adventures in the car. If they start to associate getting in the car with a good time, it will be easier for them to stay obedient and follow your lead at the vet’s clinic.
Exercise Your Pet Beforehand
As long as exercise isn’t painful or exhausting for your pet, go ahead and make sure they get plenty of exercise during the day before the vet visit. Take care, though, to not overextend their energy level or ability.
Exercise accomplishes a couple of things for your pet. You’ll find that once they burn off a lot of energy, their focus is more in tune with your lead. This can help prevent overactivity once you arrive at the veterinary clinic.
Regular exercise for your pet also decreases overall stress and anxiety. An active pet is a happy pet!
Keep the Good Behavior Rewards Coming!
Rewarding your pet for good behavior is a practice that you’ll want to master throughout all of its life. Use positive reinforcement to your advantage by showing your pet that obeying you is worth their attention.
Especially in the few days before taking your pet to the veterinary clinic put forth extra effort into this positive reinforcement. Train your dog to inherently trust your commands through repetition and patience.
On the day of your visit to the veterinarian, have more treats on hand than usual. Get your pet excited to give you their complete attention. This way, when arriving at the vet’s office, your pet will be more inclined to listen to your commands as they have been trained to do.
Have Realistic Expectations, But Stay Flexible
Taking pets to the veterinarian can be nerve-wracking, but it will always be worth the time and effort. Your furry companion deserves to live a healthy and medically sound life.
Remember, it won’t always be easy. Your pet’s anxiety might be inconveniently triggered by something out of your control. There’s no telling what circumstances will arise on the day of your pet’s vet visit.
Be patient with your pet, nonetheless. They deserve your concern and love as they are going through what might be a very trying experience. Stick with them, and you’ll both be happy when it’s over.
Schedule Your Appointment at the Veterinary Clinic
By now, you should have a better understanding of intentionally preparing your pet for a visit to the veterinary clinic. If you follow the advice of this article, your pet will be as comfortable as possible on the day of the visit to the clinic.
Making sure they are calm and attentive to your command will make the entire experience go smoothly. In the future, you’ll surely be way more prepared to take your pet to the veterinarian.
Schedule your veterinarian appointment now, and start properly preparing for the visit. We know how important it is to intentionally care for your pet’s emotional and physical health. We encourage you to peruse our website for information about veterinary services that might suit your pet’s needs.