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Stress-Free Visits to the VetFor some, a visit to the veterinarian begins with a game of tug-of-war at the clinicís front door. Your pet knows exactly where he is, and remembers the last visitóthe probing and prodding, the smell of fear in the air and the whimpering sounds coming from behind closed doors. Itís no wonder you find yourself coaxing your pet to go inside, right? Comfort goes a long way Is the pet carrier beginning to feel like prison to your pet? Create an inviting environment: add a towel or blanket, a couple of toys or a sprinkle of catnip. Eliminate any panic by association and occasionally leave the carrier out so your pet can become comfortable with it.
Car rides can be a good experience. If your pet only connects being in the car with visits to the veterinarian, consider taking him along when running short errands. Travel is recommended with your pet securedóeither in a carrier or with a seat belt harness. Familiarize pets at an early age Visiting your veterinarian doesnít have to be so frustrating. Minimize your petís stress by taking roactive measures, especially while your pet is still young.
Familiarize your pet with being handled. Frequently touch his paws, toes and ears. Open his mouth and rub his gums. Reinforce cooperation with affection and training treats. Remain calm and be prepared Notice how in-tune your pet is to your behavior? Remember to stay calm and anxiety-free when preparing for a visit to the veterinarian.
When youíre at the clinic, keep your petís socializing to a minimum. Along with communicable diseases, other pets may be aggressive and can create additional excitement or agitation. In the exam room, a soothing voice, encouragement and affection can influence your petís calm demeanor.
Preparation doesnít just extend to your pet. The more information you can give your veterinarian regarding your petís health, the quicker youíll receive a diagnosis and avoid a prolonged visit. Make veterinarian visits less traumatic, and everyone benefits.
Deb & Yeti Olive Branch, Ms.
Treat stressful situations like a dog... If you can't eat it or play with it, just pee on it and walk away!
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