Ways to Help Reduce Your Pets Stress at the Vet
Regular veterinary exams are very important for all pets. Even indoor cats and pets that appear healthy need at least two veterinary appointments each year to help you identify problems before they become serious and help them live long, healthy, happy lives.
We realize coming to the veterinarian can be stressful for your pets (and you!) As well, boarding your pets while you travel can cause anxiety when they are in a new place with unfamiliar sights, sound and smells.
Here are tips to help make your next visit to Portsmouth Veterinary Clinic easier on you and your pet:
- Kennel/Crate - Introduce your pet to a crate or kennel before it comes time to travel to the vet.
- Bring the carrier out ahead of time to become accustomed to it. Leave the door of the open so they can explore as they please.
- Reward if enters the crate.
- Go on fun rides and reward with treats during and after.
- Consider placing stress-reducing products in or around the carrier.
- Hiding places - Pets might feel safer when they can hide. Provide a blanket in the crate to hide under or to cover and give your pet a sense of protection.
- Consider placing stress-reducing products on the blankets.
- Car rides – Place your pet’s crate in the floor of the front seat to provide a visual barrier as well as calming white noise from the engine running.
- Safety belts specially adapted for dogs are also available.
- If your pet gets car sick, ask us about strategies to alleviate the symptoms.
- Practice sessions - Call ahead to our vet clinic to find out when there is a quiet time to visit.
- Your pet can calmly walk around the building and exam room. Use treats and positive praise with your pet as you tour around.
- Distractions - Bring favorite treats/toys for reassurance.
- Come hungry – Pets will be more receptive to treats given at our vet clinic if hungry.