Dogs and cats who are very stressed and scared at the veterinarian are unfortunately more common than you may think. Pets become stressed due to feeling trapped, anxious, and many other reasons when they arrive. If your pet experiences fear-based aggression or anxiety when they come in for veterinary visits, your veterinarian will most likely recommend your pet come in with either an anti-anxiety or mild-sedative type medication. This is meant to keep your pet less stressed and to keep you, your pet and our staff safe while they are here with us.
Our goal is to make sure a pet’s experience here is a positive one, and a place where they can get some snacks and head scratches while they’re at it. We don’t want your pets to fear us, we know that makes it difficult for you to get them to us safely. In these circumstances, medical management can really be beneficial for your pet.
You can also help your pet’s visit be less stressful by bringing their favorite toy or treat along. We also recommend all dogs to have an appropriately fitting collar and to be leashed when in the clinic, as we don’t want them to slip out of their collar while in the parking lot.
We also recommend cats to be in a secure carrier when brought in for vet visits. Dogs are often in the lobby, and we do not want your cat to get loose in the clinic out of fear. To make cats less afraid of carriers, we recommend keeping your carrier in an accessible area of your home with one of their favorite blankets in it. This allows the cat to think of the carrier as a safe space, and not just as a transportation device to the vet clinic.
Most owners feel confident tackling many of the common training issues that come up with their cat or dog. However, a veterinarian can always help you rule out medical causes for behavior and give you evidence-based training tips that can make everything simpler. You should contact us if:
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