Does your pet struggle with anxiety or fear when visiting the Veterinarian? Regular checkups with the Veterinarian can allow your pet to live longer, healthier lives and we do not want them to be fearful or anxious about coming to the clinic. Whether it’s for a checkup or an overnight stay, most animals tend to be nervous because of the change of environment. There are many ways to make visits easier and stress free.
Many cats dislike going to the Veterinarian and it all starts when they see the carrier come out at home. Cats will tend to hide away because they know what is about to come. If we can make this step easier, the visit can become less stressful. The following tips can make a much more pleasant experience for you and your cat:
1. A few days before your visit put the cat carrier in a room where your cat spends most of their time. Prop open the door and let your cat become familiar with the carrier.
2. Place soft bedding in the carrier to encourage your cat to go inside.
3. Place treats, cat nip, or toys inside it regularly to make the carrier more inviting.
4. Spray Feliway inside and around the door of the carrier to help your cat feel safe and secure. Feliway is a synthetic copy of the natural facial pheromone that cats use to mark as safe. It is clinically proven to reduce travel-related stressful behaviors.
Most dogs are a naturally more comfortable and excited to leave home and go to new places. But some dogs still get nervous and anxious. The following tips can help them feel more comfortable when it’s time to see the veterinarian.
1. Wipe Adaptil inside the car 10 minutes before you leave where your dog will be sitting for the ride. Let the alcohol evaporate before your dog enters the car. Adaptil is a synthetic copy of the natural pheromone that mother dogs secrete after puppies are born. This pheromone helps dogs feel reassured and secure. Dogs of all ages can detect this pheromone.
2. Wipe the leash and collar of your dog with Adaptil as well.
3. Use treats to help guide your dog into the car.
4. Keep small treats with you to give to your dog during the car ride and throughout the vet visit as rewards and distractions.
If you have decided to go away on vacation and board your pets, here are some tips to make their visit stress free.
Your pets understand and feel if you’re stressed, nervous, and anxious. When dropping them off please keep calm so they keep calm. Please help them by being aware of your own feelings and actions. Make the check-in process as fast and short as possible if you are feeling stressed nervous and anxious!
Successful boarding depends not only on the kennel, but also on how well you prepare your dog or cat in advance. Bring your pets’ favorite bed, blankets, or even your own shirt. This makes them feel more at home. Also, instead of having your pets eat the kennel’s pet food, bringing their own food with some treats helps keep their diet on track and keeping their stomach from getting upset.
When bringing your pet in please do not take this opportunity to over-indulge your dog or cat with left over’s before coming into board because you feel bad leaving them. Giving your dog unfamiliar food especially in large quantities can cause an upset stomach which can lead to diarrhea and ultimately, an unpleasant experience. Help us to make this the best stay possible for your pets.