Does your dog hate going to the vet? Does your cat refuse to climb into its carrier? Here are some important tips to help you make life easier and reduce the stress of your pet while visiting the vet.
Many owners simply cannot visit the vet with their pets. As soon as the cat sees the carrier, the instinct for its self-preservation seems to say “let’s bring down, something is wrong here”.
If you have encountered such a problem, then you should first train your cat not to be afraid of carrying, which can help:
- Remove the door from the carrier and place it in the room where the cat usually likes to be.
- To make it more pleasant for her to go there, put a towel there or buy a small mattress in the size of the carrier.
- Put some delicacies inside and the cat herself will gladly explore the new territory, she will have a positive attitude towards it and go there herself.
You placed your pet in the carrier
When the goal of the first stage is completed and the cat or dog is in the carrier, try to carry it carefully, without swinging it in the air. The animal can get sick, which can complicate the repeated voyage in such a “carriage”. Consider the safety and comfort of your pet when placing a carrier in the car. Fasten your seat belt, or place it on the floor behind the seat. In the event of unforeseen maneuvers or an abrupt stop, this will keep your pet safe.
Interesting fact: In a 2015 study, it was recorded that about 58% of dogs know about a trip to the veterinarian before arriving at the clinic.
If you only take your dog in a car for business, it will only associate the car with unwanted places. Sometimes get out for a walk in the park or forest, then the trip by car will become more unpredictable and exciting.
It’s also a good idea to walk into the lobby of your veterinary clinic a couple of times (just notify the staff in advance) and just sit there quietly offering treats to your friend. If there are free specialists, ask them to treat your pet too. After, return home as if nothing had happened. Thus, the dog will perceive the clinic not only as a “procedure”, but also as something more pleasant. This method works with cats as well!
How to behave already in a veterinary clinic
If you have a dog that is not very fond of other animals, then it is better to arrange with the staff in advance so that you will be immediately taken to the reception room bypassing other dogs, if possible.
Do not rush to immediately call your veterinarian, it is better to use the time to praise the dog for good behavior and he has managed to get used to the smells and the environment around.
Science does not stand still! There are synthetic pheromones on the market for both cats and dogs that can also help calm your friend’s nervous system.
If you have several cats at home, and only one went to the clinic, do not rush to let her out of the carrier. Those cats that have not been to the clinic may not like the smell. Give time to get used to it.
The main tip is to take treats with you.
Prepare and take with you something delicious! The veterinary clinic is stressful for most animals, so regular dry food will not make your pet happy. Take with you boiled chicken, baked beef, or slice up your favorite and flavorful cheese. You can buy ready-made treats in the store, the main thing is to be sure that your cat or dog loves these treats very much. If your pet refuses his favorite treat, then he is under stress. In any case, offer what you took with you, perhaps on the next visit you will feel better and be able to eat a treat.
In some cases, you may not feed your pet in the morning before visiting the veterinarian, or feed only a little, then a fragrant and tasty treat that you take with you will be more valuable and attractive to your dog or cat.
Good health to all four-legged!