Going to the vets often fills a pet owner with dread. Trying to get them in the car is bad enough, but it can be very stressful once you arrive and your pet sees the vet. Here is how to ensure the trip to the vets goes smoothly.
Feed them before you go
One of the top ways to ensure the trip to the vet goes smoothly is to act as normal as possible before you go. Keep your pet’s routine and feed it just as you typically would. If you don’t feed them before you go to the vets, they will be more stressed when you put them in the car. They will be hungry, and it might be a while before they go home. Take treats to feed them on the way back home from the vets as it will help to calm them down.
Make it as quick as possible
To make the trip to the vets painless, it’s a good idea to make it go as quickly as possible. Don’t go extremely early otherwise, your pet will get very upset while you wait to see the vet. Also, don’t hang around afterwards… so you can get home and let your pet be back in their natural environment. If there is a long queue to get the pet’s prescription, you may want to get it online to ensure you can head home with the pet. There are several websites where you can now order Pet Prescriptions as long as you have a prescription from the vet. It’s often a lot cheaper as well so it’s worth looking into.
Make sure the journey is comfortable
To ensure the trip to the vet goes smoothly, you should make sure they are comfortable during the journey. Pets often get frightened in cars, so it’s worth making sure the journey is as quick as possible. You need to get your pet used to the carrier as well to ensure it’s less stressful. If you only use it when you take your pet to the vets, it might be time to get it out more regularly. As this article reveals, try and introduce it into their daily lives. Leave it open on the floor and the pet may sleep or play in it. You should also ensure you put treats and toys in there, so it has some comfort on the way to the vets.
Prepare questions for vet in advance
Another way you can ensure the trip to the vets runs smoothly is to prepare questions in advance for the vet. Write down a list of everything you need to ask them while you are there. It will mean you don’t end up sitting down later wishing you had asked something else. You can call the office and ask if you are unsure about anything once you are home.
Remember you need to stay cool if you want the experience to be less stressful for your pet. Try and stay positive and your pet will feel happier about going to the vets.