How To Keep Your Dog Calm At The Vet
There is a popular saying that goes “an apple a day keeps the veterinarian away.” Whether this expression is true or not, a vital component of a healthy canine lifestyle IS to get regular veterinarian check ups - no matter how much your furry friend protests! There are certain steps you can take to alleviate your dog’s stress and anxiety when visiting the veterinarian. Read on for tips on how to make a trip to the vet a better experience for both your dog and yourself.
BEFORE GOING TO THE VETERINARIAN
- Pick a veterinarian that works well with your dog: Ask your veterinarian to be extra gentle during examinations if your dog tends to be skittish. A gentle touch may make it easier for your vet to examine your dog more thoroughly. It also makes for a happier pup post exam.
- Take frequent fun car rides: Taking car rides to fun places such as the beach, park, or even to the pet store will help your dog relate car rides to happy experiences. This way getting into the car won’t exclusively be associated to making visits to the vet.
- Stop by your vet’s office for a friendly visit: In between check ups, call your vet’s office and check if you can drop by with your dog to say “hello”. Bring dog treats for the staff to give to your dog (and encourage hugging and petting). This socialization will help create a pleasant experience of being at the vet’s office the next time your pup has a check up.
- Talk to your vet about cannabis oil: Cannabis oil for dogs can be used to treat stress and anxiety. In comparison to many traditional anti-anxiety medications, medical cannabis has no known life-threatening side effects when taken in the right dose. You can read more about cannabis oil on PetMD.
DAY OF THE VETERINARY APPOINTMENT
- Play calming music in the car: To help keep your dog relaxed on the way to the vet’s office play something calming and mellow. Some suggestions include dog relaxation songs, classical music, meditation tunes, or even nature sounds.
- Keep calm: Your dog can sense if you have anxiety, which in turn can increase his or her levels. Before entering the vet’s office take some deep breaths and tell yourself “it’s going to be fine.”
- Bring treats: With your vet’s permission, bring some treats into the examination room. After a shot, teeth cleaning, or some unforeseen procedure, a follow-up treat can go a long way. If your dog won’t take any treats post exam, you can retry as you’re leaving the vet’s office. You could also present your dog with a fun new toy!
AVOID UNEXPECTED VETERINARY VISITS
- Go to regular check ups: Many of your dog’s health issues can be easily prevented by making regular veterinary check ups. In many cases, you can even avoid the need for surgery or heavy antibiotics. So don’t wait until something goes wrong!
- Consider supplementation: Appropriate supplementation can help to maintain proper health through each stage of a dog’s life. Supplementation is especially important for dogs that are predisposed to bone and joint issues. An ALL-IN-ONE supplement like Boneo Canine supports overall skeletal health - both the bone AND the joints! A product that provides comprehensive support can be excellent for preventive care. Boneo Canine works by promoting bone remodeling and turnover (for strong bones), as well as supporting the overall joint structure (for comfort).