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Preparing your pet for their vet visits

Taking our pets to the vets is an important and unavoidable part of pet ownership, so it’s important we prepare them as best we can.

Pets can be anxious in a veterinary waiting room for a number of reasons; they may have had a negative experience, be uncomfortable with the new smells or startled by new sounds. As we can’t explain to our pets what is happening there are a few things we can do to ease nerves and make it as stress-free as possible – for both of you!

Preparing your dog:

  • Most practices will allow you to pop in and say hello without an appointment. Do this when you can, to make a trip to the vets a normal experience and one that does not always result in a consult. Take your treats and make a fuss of your dog while you are there.
  • Familiarise your dog with regular at ‘home health’ checks. You can do this by gently feeling over their bodies, legs and paws. This helps make for a more normal experience when the vet is checking them over.
  • You can invest in a calming spray or collar which can help your dog relax as these transmit calming senses. Also having familiar smells such as their favourite blanket or toy can help them feel more at ease.
  • Try to remain calm as our pets often pick up on our emotions. We understand it’s difficult, especially when you are worried but the positive energy we put out can really help make your dog feel more relaxed and secure.

Cat at the vet

Preparing your cat:

  • Having the right carrier for your cat can help for a less stressful experience. It should be big enough to fit your cat, their favourite blanket and ideally have a removable top. This will allow your cat to remain in the bottom of the carrier with minimum handling during their check-up. If you have time, try to familiarise your cat with the carrier before their visit.
  • Help them to feel safe by keeping the carrier covered with a towel and try using a calming spray which creates a secure and safe environment.
  • Keep the journey to the vets as calm as possible, play very low soothing music and try not to wobble the carrier whilst transporting your cat.
  • Once you arrive at the vets it’s important to keep your cat inside the carrier and up high. Putting the carrier on the floor could make your cat feel vulnerable around other animals – especially if a dog is in the waiting room too.

At Petplan, we understand how unsettling it can be for both you and your pet when they need a trip to the vet. That’s why we offer Pet Expert Chat – a free video chat service that’s included with all Petplan policies. It’s there to support you if you have a question about your pet’s health or need advice on behaviour or nutrition. You can talk to a veterinary professional 24/7 and book an appointment at a time that suits you.

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