How to make a vet visit less scary for your pet, less stressful for you

  • Animals
  • Saturday, 18 May 2019

Don't forget to give your pet extra treats and cuddles after a visit to the vet - that way you're telling them: This is not so bad! Photo: dpa

If you’ve ever taken a pet to the vet, then you know it’s no easy task – especially if your cat or dog senses that that’s where you’re going long before you get in the car. The fact that your pet knows what’s up even before you leave the house is because you are stressed out about it, and your pet can sense your distress.

One way to reduce the stress of taking your pet to the vet is by taking them for regular car rides, so that they do not associate the car with bad experiences. You should also make sure to leave plenty of time for the drive, so that you aren’t additionally stressed because you’re running late.

Some vet practices offer special appointments that give your cat or dog the chance to just look around the place and take in all new smells – no scary needles or prodding fingers, just an occasion to get to know the space.

And don’t forget to give your pet extra treats and cuddles after the vet – that way you’re telling them: This is not so bad! – dpa

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