Does your dog hate visiting the veterinarian in Levittown?
If so, you are not alone. Even the sweetest, calmest dogs can get anxious or aggressive at the vet’s office. There are many new sites and smells, and they have a stranger touching them in places where they aren’t used to being touched. This can all be too much for a dog, but luckily, in our last blog, we started giving you tips to make vet visits more successful for your dog. Keep reading for more helpful tips:
#3. Practice examining your dog at home.
Just as being handled by a doctor can be uncomfortable for people, it can also be uncomfortable for dogs! The only difference is that people understand why they are being handled and dogs don’t. Being examined and handled in new ways can make the whole process of going to the vet more difficult for many dogs, so it’s advisable that you get them used to being handled this way at home. Practice examining your dog while giving them plenty of praise and lots of treats. This will help them to stay more comfortable while they are being handled by the vet.
#4. Let your dog get acquainted with the veterinary clinic beforehand.
For some dogs, simply being in a new place is enough of a reason to be on alert. That’s why, before your dog’s first appointment at a new clinic, you should take him or her over there to check it out. Let them explore and smell things a bit, and be sure to give them plenty of love and treats. This will help them to become familiar with the vet’s office before they have to be subjected to unpleasant shots or examinations.
We have just a few more tips for you to make vet visits successful. If you would like to learn more, please stay tuned for our next blog.