A trip to see the vet can be a stressful experience for your dog. There are lots of sights, smells, sounds, people and animals that may be new and unfamiliar.
There are a number of things you can do to keep the visit as comfortable and stress-free as possible:
A pre-visit walk
This will give your dog a chance to use up some energy and be calmer throughout the process.
The car ride
Get your dog used to the car by taking it slow and walking your dog up to the car first. Get in yourself and encourage your dog to follow when it shows no fear. Once your dog is happy with the car, go for regular rides. Because dogs may get carsick, do not give food for at least an hour prior to travel.
The waiting room
Keep your dog relaxed by giving treats and lots of praise, talking softly, and trying to sit away from other dogs.
During the exam
Stay close to your dog, your familiar face and smell will bring comfort during the exam. Again, give treats and lots of praise.
Plan for extra time
There is nothing worse than being in a rush. Your dog will pick up on your anxiety. Moorabbin Veterinary Hospital is usually busiest mornings and evenings so be sure to book in as early as possible and plan ahead.
Just walking through the waiting room as you are passing by, and doing something like using the weigh machine, will help your dog get used to the place. This will also let our staff become more familiar with your pet!
This is a great introduction for your dog to the hospital since it is run in the waiting room. Find out more here.