Traumatic Experience at The Vet’s Office, Not My Dog

November 2, 2019 at 8:53 pm Leave a comment

Going to the veterinarian’s office doesn’t have to be a stressful experience.  There are several things that you can do in advance and while you are there, to keep the experience from being traumatic.

  1. Happy veterinary visit: Make a visit with your dog to the vet’s office just to say “Hello”.  Most Veterinary offices encourage these happy treat visits. Walk in the office and give a treat to the staff to give to your dog.  Now your dog gets treats and some pets, this place is fun!
  2. Try to stay calm yourself: Being nervous makes your dog nervous.  I know you may be very nervous yourself, worrying about what the vet might find, however; it is no different than taking a child to the doctors.  If you act worried and relay this to a child by saying, “don’t worry it won’t hurt a bit, you’ll be OK”, the child might refuse to get out of the car. Instead talk to your dog as if you were just going over to a friend’s house.
  3. Keep your dog safe while at the vet’s: Not all dogs want a young enthusiastic dog running up to them, especially if they are not feeling well.  Keep your dog under control by keeping them in a ‘sit’ or a ‘down stay’.  You can also take their favorite toy and try to keep them focused on you, not the other dogs.
  1. Be proactive and desensitize: Make sure to accustom your dog to being touched and handled before the veterinary visit. Dogs accustomed to being touched won’t mind when the ear scope is put in their ear or their teeth are being looked at.  Hence, instead of fighting back and feeling threatened, your dog will think they are getting petted.
  2. Teach them to stand and stay: This will make your veterinarian’s job easier in examining your dog. If the dog is constantly moving around, the veterinarian may miss something.

Even if you are lucky and you only have to take your dog to the veterinary once a year for their vaccinations, by following these steps your dog won’t mind going to doctor at all.

 

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