Preparing your dog to visit the vet can be a nerve-wracking experience – for both you and your dog! Just the thought of getting your dog out of the door may seem overwhelming enough, let alone the actual preparation you’ll need to undertake to even make the task possible.
The good news is that there are a number of practical things you can do to prepare your dog for the vet.
Below we’ve highlighted 4 useful tips for preparing your dog for the vet. Following through on them will help make your next visit a breeze.
1. Find out necessary details before your visit
If it’s your first time taking your dog to the vet, you may not know the proper protocol to follow pre-visit. Depending on the reason why your dog needs to go in for a visit, as well as the preferences of your vet, there may be some necessary details you need to hash out before visiting.
One common request your vet may make is for your dog to fast before the appointment. Another example of a request your vet may make is for you to collect a stool sample from your dog to bring into the appointment.
Of course, if there are special requests from your vet that you don’t follow through on, you may find yourself out of pocket for a wasted visit. That’s why it is essential to call up your vet before heading in.
2. Prepare important documents
Coming armed with important information about your dog’s health goes a long way in making your visit to the vet a smooth experience.
Particularly if you’re switching vets, you should gather your dog’s past medical records, x-rays, past and present medications, current diet plan – anything that helps shed light on notable facets of your dogs health.
3. Give your dog a once over
Needless to say you know your dog better than anyone. Of course, a vet is medically trained to identify anything peculiar with your dog – but your innate knowledge of your dog’s behavior and appearance is also incredibly important.
Before you head to the vet, give your dog a thorough once over. Note down any notable changes or abnormal things you notice, and make sure to let your vet know when you go in.
If there’s anything you think is awry, it can be challenging to stay level-headed before your visit. In such a case, you can turn to helpful online information, such as comprehensive articles about dog health and free ask a vet a question online resources, that may help you begin to work out what’s going on.
3. Get your dog used to the process
A fantastic tip for preparing your dog for the vet is to get them used to the process beforehand, so they don’t feel too surprised about what is in store for them.
Think of it as a way of acclimating your dog to the very foreign process of being poked and prodded. So how do you do this?
Below are a couple of tips FamilyDogFusion suggest of what you can do while you play with your dog:
- Play with their paws, stick your fingers between the pads, and check the nails. Clip her nails yourself when you can.
- Roll them over, and make them hold still on their back for short periods of time
- Pull their tail lightly — lift it and hold it until your dog relaxes.
They even suggest taking your dog to a pre-visit to the vet so they can get acquainted with staff and the environment. Of course, it’s always a good idea to check beforehand with your vet if this is possible or not.
5. Give your dog some calming chews
Just like we get a bit nervous visiting the doctor, your dog may find a trip to the vet an anxiety-inducing experience. As we all know, an anxious dog is difficult to get under control – which is exactly what’s needed when visiting the vet.
When you’ve done everything you can to comfort your dog and it’s still not working – consider giving your dog a calming chew. Solid Gold’s Calming Aid Chews draw on the power of a blend of natural ingredients to “promote a sense of relaxation and mental alertness without drowsiness.”
With ingredients such as chamomile and passion flower, as well as ginger to support sensitive stomachs, calming chews are your secret weapon for bringing your dog down a level.
By: Cynthia Lopez, Editor at Pet Life Today
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