A trip to the vets can be overwhelming for our pets. With lots of unusual smells and uncomfortable prodding the experience can be rather stressful.
Here are some handy tips to help make the trip to the vet less scary for your pet:
1. Visit us frequently, even if your pet is not unwell. Come in and say hello, there is always someone in reception, you don’t have to have an appointment, just pop in to weigh them on the scales or even when you’re just picking up a prescription. Our receptionists, Sarah, Louise and Jodie are expert treat givers and pet cuddlers!
2. For cats and rabbits, even the journey in their carrier can be stressful, so leave the pet carrier out at home so that they can go in and out as they please, and not just associate it as a trip to the dreaded ‘V’ word.
3. Handle your pet at home, almost like a veterinary check, so they are used to being examined i.e. stroke all over, feel their tummy, massage around the scruff of the neck, look at their teeth and inside the ears etc.
4. If your pet is very nervous at the vets, tell the receptionist when booking your appointment so we all know not to overwhelm them when they arrive. Also remind the vet at the beginning of your consultation.
5. You can always leave your pet in the car (provided it’s not a hot, sunny day of course!) whilst you are waiting for your appointment or dealing with reception, it’s not a problem, Walter and Boris don’t mind coming outside to call you. That way they are not overwhelmed by a busy waiting room.
6. Don’t allow your dog to approach other dogs in the waiting room – even if they are super friendly, other dogs may be stressed or feeling very unwell.
7. Try to keep cat/small animal carriers off of the floor and if possible sit away from dogs. Please always bring your cat in a carrier for their own safety.
8. Don’t forget we can offer a home visiting service so that your pet can be examined by the vet in the comfort of their own home. There is however an extra cost for this, just ask at reception for details.
Also, make the most of all the free checks you are entitled to such as with the Furry Friends Health Club. Spending some time with our friendly veterinary nurses will help your pet get used to their surroundings and hopefully build a confident and happy relationship with ‘those in the uniforms’. Nurse Clinics usually take place in the afternoons, phone reception to make your appointment.
Call us on 01502 578999 for more information or advice.