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Less Stressful Vet Visits

Posted In: Behavior & Training, Feline Health & Wellness, Canine Health & Wellness

Does your dog or cat get scared or nervous when going to the vet?  It’s common for pets to feel that way, especially when trips to the veterinarian only happen a few times a year. To help your pet have an easier time with vet visits, consider these tips:  

-Get your pet used to the carrier, leash, and car ride. A few days before your vet appointment, place the carrier in a space where your pet feels comfortable, like your living room or bedroom. Let them become familiar with the carrier and place some treats inside, and a nice, comfy blanket too.

-To help your dog associate car rides with fun, take him to the park or the pet store on a regular basis. Taking your cat for short car rides around the neighborhood will help her learn that car rides aren’t so scary.

-Your pet picks up on your emotions and often times mimics them. If you are anxious, your pet will be too, and if you are calm, your pet will feel more relaxed. Take deep breaths and smile. You’ll notice your pet will be more at ease too.

-Pheromones, like Adaptil for dogs and Feliway for cats, can help your pet stay calm. Purchase a collar (collars are for dogs only), a spray bottle or a diffuser that can be plugged into an electrical outlet at home days or weeks before your vet appointment. Spray the blanket in your pet’s crate and spray the inside of your car before bringing your pet to the veterinarian. You can even spray it on your clothes. The pheromones are safe for fabric, odorless to humans, and last between 4-5 hours.

-Limit your pet’s food intake before your vet appointment so our staff can give your pet treats. If they have a favorite treat, bring it with you. This will help your pet learn that the people in the veterinary office are good.

-It's recommended that pets have vet exams at least twice a year. In between those visits, bring your pet to AMCMA, just to say “Hi!” This is a great opportunity for your pet to meet the technicians, get comfortable with the vet clinic, and, of course, get some yummy treats!

-Finally, some pets benefit from medications that will help them be calm and relaxed. Talk to your veterinarian to see if that is an option for your pet.

The Animal Medical Center of Mid-America has veterinarians at three locations that can answer questions about your pet’s health. Call 314-951-1534 or click here to request an appointment online.