Vet visits could be stressful for your cat or dog; it could be because the pet has associated the vets with previous negative experiences, visiting the vet is also very often associated with a car ride which can be uneasy for cats or dogs. As a result it can be very challenging for the vet to diagnose any problems during the visit.
- Visit the vet’s surgery in advance - pop into your vets to just say hello, make the visit relatively short with a couple of treats and bit of fuss. This will help your cat/dog associate the car journey and the veterinary practice positively.
- Get your pet used to being handled at home – slowly accustom your pet to being held and having different parts of their body held and examined, use a calming tone of voice and provide treats as a reward. Once your pet is comfortable with you handling him/her, ask other friends and family members to help to get them comfortable with other people handling them.
- Help your pet stay calm with Zylkene calming supplement, used in their food 1-2 days in advance of the vet appointment.
- Pack their favourite toy or some treats – these can be used as rewards as well as distracting your pet.
- Visit the vet surgery at a quiet time.
- Bring all the records – you can minimise the time spent explaining to the vet your pet’s examination, treatments, prescribed medications and results of any laboratory tests.