A trip to see the veterinarian can be a stressful experience for your dog. There are lots of sights, smells, sounds, people and animals that may be new and unfamiliar. There are a number of things you can do to make sure you and your dog have a comfortable and productive visit:
- Take your dog for a walk prior to your visit. This will make your dog calmer and more docile while also making an accident less likely.
- Use a carrier. This is a good option if your dog is small enough because it prevents biting, scratching and attempts at running away. It will also protect your dog from other pets at the veterinary clinic.
- Take control in the waiting room. Keep your dog relaxed by giving lots of physical attention and talking softly.
- Aid in the exam room. Vets and vet technicians are very experienced at holding nervous and frightened animals, but your familiar face and smell will comfort your dog while in the exam room.
- Plan for extra time. If you would like extra time to talk to your vet about your dog, be sure to schedule it when you make your appointment or try to avoid peak hours. Veterinary clinics are usually busiest in the early morning or the early evening.
- Visit frequently. Regular check-ups will help your dog get used to the experience of going to the vet, and help the vet become more familiar with your dog.