Take the SCARE out of pet care with unspooky vet visits!
Unspooky vet visits are a high priority for us at Janesville Veterinary Clinic. No vet visit should be traumatic for our furry family members. We also can better treat the patient using fear-free techniques. High stress levels can interfere with our ability to examine a pet, obtain accurate readings, and provide treatment.
Fear-free vet experiences begin at home, before pets even pass through our doors. Here are some things you can do as a pet owner to help take the “pet” out of “petrified.”
Here are a few more things you can do as a pet owner to help your pet’s vet visit be as stress-free as possible.
- If possible, purchase a cat carrier that opens from the top and/or has an easily removable top. This can make vet visit much less stressful, as we can examine your cat right inside his/her carrier.
- Place the carrier in a central area of the home at least 3 days prior to the exam. Wipe the carrier with pheromone wipes ( Feliway) and place their bed and treats inside. Make their carrier a happy and not a scary place. This will make getting them into it a much easier process for you and them.
- When driving make sure the carrier is flat. You may use towels to make sure it does not slip or tilt.
- Cover the carrier to reduce stimuli.
- Play calming classical music to decrease anxiety.
- Speak in a low calm voice. High pitched praise or reaffirmation often increases anxiety.
- When you arrive, carry the carrier with both hands like you are cradling a present. This prevents the cat from being jostled and unbalanced.
- In the waiting area, cover the carrier with one of our Feliway-infused towels.
- We have cat-specific rooms that are treated with pheromones to help calm your cat.
- Consider using a harness or fixed length leash. This allows more control during what can be a somewhat anxious visit.
- Condition them early to enjoy car rides. Start with short drives around the neighborhood. Feed treats and make it a positive experience. Add more and more time as they get used to it. If ever anxious, stop and try again another day.
- On the day of the visit, feed a small meal in the morning. If they are hungry, your dog will respond better to food rewards during the vet visit.
- Bring their favorite treat, kibble, or toy with them to their appointment.
- During the car ride try some calming classical music. It is said to soothe even a dog’s nerves.
- Speak in a low voice. High pitched praise can often increase anxiety.
- If you have an anxious dog, leave them in the car and check in with the receptionist. They will advise you when an exam room is available.
- If your dog is more comfortable in the waiting room, please let us know. The doctor can sometimes exam him/her out there!
- Talk with your vet about medication options.