Many dogs aren’t the biggest fan of going to the vet; it’s a stressful environment; they’re being poked and prodded, not to mention – there are a lot of other animals there.
I’m going to show you how to teach them that it’s no big deal, and set your dog up for easy vet visits for life!
When you take your dog to the vet, it’s almost always when they’re in pain, or ill. Combine this with the need for a full examination, which in your dog’s eyes is just him being manhandled, and stabbed with needles. And of course, he won’t love being there!
Instead of taking your dog to the vet only when it’s needed, why not pop by on a social call to get a treat from the vet instead? Give them a ring and ask when is a quiet time to pop by, your vet, and nursing team will appreciate your active role in making your dog “vet proof” and welcome you with open arms!
FULL BODY HANDLING
When your vet conducts a full exam, it’s very different to the normal petting your dog gets at home; and oftentimes they need to use more force to check for any lumps and bumps.
Conduct practice exams at home by popping your dog up on the garden table, and handling him all over. Not only is this great practice for him, but you’ll also spot any irregularities as soon as they appear, which could save you money, and time spent at the vet in the future!
SOCIALIZING WITH OTHER ANIMALS
Sometimes we forget that there are other animals in the world except for our pets, that’s because they’re the center of our universe, and rightly so. But, if your dog’s trip to the vet is the first time that he comes across a cat, or a bunny – then it’s no surprise when he freaks out. Do you have any friends with exotic pets? Perhaps you can arrange a socializing date?
You can get your dog used to their lizard, or bird – and in turn, they get used to your dog!
Be very careful to encourage your dog to communicate with other animals and keep them on a lead at all times. Something breaks a relationship like swallowing one of the other dogs, just ask Ron and Hermione!
As much as we want to control the way that our dog behaves at the vet, you must also consider how your vet behaves towards your dog.
If he’s rough, and not very patient; then perhaps the best decision would be to find a new vet that clearly loves all animals?