Let’s face it. Nobody enjoys going to the doctor. We try to provide the most pleasant experience for you and your pet, but sometimes visits can just be stressful. Here are some tips to try and help ease your pet’s anxiety and getting over “White Coat Syndrome”.
1. Take them on car rides. If your pet only gets into the car to go to the vet, they will immediately know what’s coming. They will start to stress before even getting into the vehicle. Take your pet on small trips. Go around the block. Take them to Petsmart. Try not to let their only car experience be visiting the doctor. (If your pet gets carsick this may not be the best option, however frequent short rides may help them adapt to motion and become less likely to be sick.)
2. Desensitize cats to a carrier. Usually when the carrier comes out, the cat hides. They know exactly where they are going. Leave the carrier out. Let him or her sniff or lay in it to get use to it. Let it be their own space so that it’s not so bad getting into it in the future.
3. Always use a carrier for cats or leash for dogs. Cats will usually feel more secure and safe from other pets that may be in the waiting room. Leashes help keep control of your dog a little better. Not all dogs are friendly and we want your pet to be safe. Keeping them at a distance from other pets may be in their best interest.
4. Put a blanket or favorite toy in the car or carrier. If they have something with them of their own scent, they may stress a little less. It’s like a security blanket for children.
5. Try Feliway for cats or Adaptil for dogs. These are synthetic pheromones designed to relieve stress in dogs and cats. Lightly spray their blanket or crate 30 minutes prior to leaving.
6. Make it a fun trip! Bring your pet to the vet just to say “Hello!” We will be more than happy to take a moment to greet your pet and make the visit a pleasant experience. We will even give them a treat!
7. Stay calm. You pet feeds off of your emotion. If you are stressed, they will be stressed. Relax and comfort them.
8. Socialization. If your pet is use to being around new people, they are much more likely to be relaxed when visiting the vet. Instead of being afraid of where the thermometer is going, they will be more excited to be getting attention from someone new.