Quick reminder: You know your dog best. You do, plain and simple. You speak a language no one else can tune into and it’s one that you’ve learned through love, experience and companionship. Going to the vet can be a mixed bag, but honestly, no one really loves a doctor’s visit. So when you head to the vet - be it for a check up or something more serious - make sure you’re equipped to make it as easy on your dog as possible.
Here are a few tips to help you prepare ahead of time…
// Make the waiting room a positive place
Sometimes the most stressful moment at the vet is in the waiting room. Dogs operate on vibes, and I think we all know how tense a doctor’s waiting room feels. Be a hero for your dog by observing the waiting room before you enter and positioning yourself so they have enough space. Bring their favorite toy or training treats as well - surely that’ll help a bit with the distraction.
// Know your dog’s body language
You probably can tell what your dog is feeling from across the room, but the veterinary office might bring out some especially interesting poses. Get your dog used to being handled ahead of time by making things like body handling, being a bit restrained or even a muzzle as part of normal training so they’re not stressed when the time comes. Your dog might prefer you to hold them in certain situations as opposed to the vet tech, so see what you can do to offer to lend a hand during visits!
// Ask the vet questions…
Your vet should have no problem answering any and every question you might have about whatever you are visiting the office for, so don’t be embarrassed. Bring them on and if they can’t answer or try to subvert your questions, it might be time to look for a new vet. Ask them about the vaccines your dog needs. What are the benefits? Ask them about how the vaccines are administered and in what dosages. Get the serial numbers of the batches that were administered and keep a record of what happened at each visit. Whether you need this information or not in the future, it’s good to have it just in case. Do your own research and bring questions to the appointment to make the visit a conversation. And don’t limit the visit to the typical medical conversations - bring up anything new or different that you’ve noticed at home, like changes in appetite, energy, physical appearances, sleep patterns. Anything goes.
// Be proactive with your dog’s wellness
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