We love seeing your pets, but sometimes they don’t feel the same way about coming to see us. Today, we want to help you provide a stress-free vet visit for your dog. We promise the El Gato Veterinary Hospital Team will do our best to keep it stress-free when they arrive.
Before You Leave The House
For some dogs, seeing the crate, carrier, or even getting the leash on and heading towards the car is a sign that a trip to the veterinarian is imminent. If your dog does exhibit signs of stress or anxiety, we can discuss medications and supplements with a calming effect that can help your pet deal with stress. If you’re unsure of what constitutes as a sign of stress, look for these things: no willingness to walk, growling, licking lips frequently, and refusal to get close to humans.
Recognizing the signs of stress and anxiety in your pet will help you prepare to calm them down before they get to the veterinarian where the stress can grow considerably by the presence of other pets and humans.
Once You Arrive At Our Hospital
We promise to do our best to keep your pet feeling calm and relaxed. If the presence of other animals in the waiting room causes additional stress, we may work to get them into a room where they can wait for our staff and relax. It may be good to bring a toy or treats that are familiar to your pet and that will also keep them calm. Be sure to pet and scratch your dog, reassuring them that everything is okay.
Inside The Examination Room
If you have noticed signs of stress, be sure to notify the staff so that they can take extra precautions to keep your pet feeling calm. This will help them determine how and where to do the examination and how to approach your pet. For instance, some pets are fine being examined on a table or desk and others prefer to be on the floor. Treats can also help calm your dog down and open up to our staff before an examination. If your pet does not accept a treat, we’ll know that stress levels are high.
We’re here to keep your pet feeling happy and healthy before anything else. We want to make all visits as stress-free and relaxing as possible. We’re glad to work with you on accomplishing a successful visit to our office.
If you have any questions about creating a stress-free vet visit for your pet, please let us know!