If you’ve ever taken your cat, dog or rabbit to the vet, you know how stressful it can be. You bring the animal carrier out, and it’s like they instantly know what’s coming next. They’ll run away, and make it difficult for you to get them! They might scratch or growl because they know what’s coming. Animals don’t like the vet any more than you like going to the dentist. It’s a stressful environment, but there are some things you can do to make it easier.
A good carrier – Often, it’s not the vet, but the journey to the vet your animals hate. A comfortable carrier can make all the difference. Make sure it’s big enough for them to fit in snugly and comfy for them to lie in. It’s also a good idea to carry them in it regularly. Make sure it doesn’t come to represent the vet.
Familiar toys – We find that putting their favourite toys into the carrier helps them calm down. It gives them something they are familiar with. Even just the smell can give them a little reassurance. A toy is also a stress reducer and chewing on it might just settle their nerves a little.
Treats – We should always reward our pets for being brave. A trip to the vet is no different. Their favourite treats let them know that you’re still there for them, and everything’s okay. It lets them know they’re behaving, and it will calm them down. One good trick here is to skip a meal before the vet trip. It will make the treats taste even better, and they’ll enjoy the experience.
Register for prescriptions online – Naturally, you want to avoid stepping foot in the vets as much as possible. One way to do this is by registering with a site like 365 Vet. Once you’ve got your pet’s prescription, you can order medicine online instead. That means fewer trips to the vet. Your pet will thank you!
Take all your animals! – This is a fun trick that works wonders. If you’ve got more than one animal at home, take them all. Your cat will suddenly feel very isolated if you remove them from the group and it will add to the stress. Take them all with you and it will feel like a family trip. It will make the veterinary process easier. Don’t worry, all vets will understand, and they’ll be happy to accommodate your litter of animals!
Take regular car trips – As we said, it’s often the journey that your animals fear the most. They’ll often come to associate the car with the vets. It’s a connection you want to avoid making. Instead, use the car to take regular, fun trips with your animals. Keep them well trained and they’ll behave on every journey. Make sure they’re used to the car and comfortable in that environment.
Taking your animal to the vet is a stressful time. You never want to see your pet distressed, and you’ll do everything possible to ease it for them. Follow these steps and you’ll make everything better. Let us know if you have any tricks that have worked for you!