If your puppy is anything like mine, then she hates nothing more than going to the vet! I’m not sure who the vet is harder for: my dog or me. It all starts when you load your dog up in the car. Their tail is wagging and they’re so excited to be out and about with their favorite person! As you pull up to the vet, you see the panic start to set in for your dog. Their eyes get big, their tail lowers until it is firmly tucked underneath their body and the shakes begin. By the time you make it through the front door, it’s full blown hysteria.
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As you can imagine, it’s a pretty unpleasant experience for all parties involved. So how can you make going to the vet less traumatic for your dog and for you? Here are some helpful hints, my friends:
- Make sure your dog gets to ride in the car at times other than the vet, so the car doesn’t become a chariot of doom!
- Find a vet your dog connects with. Just like it’s important to trust and feel connected to your doctor, your dog needs to have a special bond with its vet. I tested my sensitive pup with several vets before finding the one for her!
- Visit the vet regularly. This is important not only to stay on top of your dog’s health, but also to associate a positive experience with the vet. Sometimes a simple check-up can make your dog realize that the vet doesn’t always mean needles and sickness!
- Treats, treats, treats! Anytime you want your dog to feel better about an activity or person, treats are the fastest way to your dog’s heart.
- Practice at home. This may sound silly, but touch your dog’s paws, ears, nose, etc. at home as if you’re giving her a mini-physical. That way, these strange pokes and prods won’t be quite as alarming at the vet.
- Most importantly: STAY CALM!
Your dog will be constantly feeding off of your energy when they feel panicked, so be sure to speak in a calm, quiet tone and slowly stroke your dog to let her know that you feel comfortable and safe at the vet – just like she should!
Here are some common doggy illnesses you may be taking your dog to the vet for: