If your pet gets nervous leading up to their veterinary visits, there are a few things you can do to ease their minds. Once your pet is here, our team is trained to keep her calm and reduce her stress by using appropriate handling techniques and incorporating positive rewards (like treats) during her visits. Before the visit, however, there are a few things you can do to help:
- Help to build positive associations.
Don’t just bring your pet to see us when she needs vaccines or is sick or injured. Take time to stop by our office with your pet in tow on days when she doesn’t have an appointment. During these “happy visits,” our team can give her a treat and show her some love without any of the poking and prodding, which will help her associate our office with good experiences.
- Get your pet accustomed to leaving the house.
Start getting your cat accustomed to being in her carrier when she’s a kitten. Leave the carrier out with the door open and place a favorite treat inside so she can go in and rest, rather than associating it with something negative. Occasionally, when she’s inside, close the door and take her for a leisurely car ride.
- Talk to us if your pet’s anxiety seems extreme.
For some pets, anti-anxiety medications may be warranted, and we can instruct you on how to give them before your pet’s visit. Make sure to reach out so we can give you medicine that is both safe and effective for your pet.
Questions about reducing your pet’s fear, anxiety, or stress before her next veterinary appointment? Call our office.