Taking your pet to the vet can be stressful for both you and your furry family member. But don’t fret, there are a few things you can do to make the experience as smooth as possible.
Bring lots of your pet’s favourite treats to reward them and keep them happy.
Bring along one of your furry family member’s familiar items to help them relax and stay calm.
Use a carrier for cats and small dogs (if necessary). Make sure there are a few treats in the carrier for them. You can even spray a towel or blanket in a calming pheromone such as Adaptil (for dogs) or Feliway (for cats) and either drape it over the carrier or put it inside – this will help to promote relaxation.
Try not to feed your pet close to their appointments. This can prevent nausea while travelling and make the treats more appealing.
Give them a chance to relieve themselves before you head off for your appointment
Go for a walk
Take your dog for a walk before your appointment to exhaust some of their energy.
Talk to them
Talking to your pet while in the waiting room can help to soothe them, especially for cat’s in their carriers.
When you get home from your appointment, make sure you reward your furry family member with their favourite food, treat or activity.