Our animals will probably never find it comfortable at the vet’s, but with a few tricks, you can make their visit to the doctor more pleasant and thus spare your own nerves.
Strange smells and noises irritate the dog
The unfamiliar surroundings, the many unfamiliar smells, but also the nervousness of masters and mistresses ensure that many a brave four-pawed hero’s hearts slips into his “pants”. You can’t change anything about the smell and the environment. But if you are well prepared and remain calm, you can take it easy on your nerves.
Education is also important for vet visits
The best preparation is education. This does not mean “sit” and “down”, but that the animal can be touched anywhere. Sensitive parts of the body are the paws, the mouth, the ears, and the area around the eyes. Take every opportunity to stroke these parts of the body so that the animal gets used to the touch. Gently open the animal’s mouth from time to time. If you have a kitten or puppy, you should get them used to brush their teeth. Your vet will show you how to do this.
Show no pity for the dog
Pity at the vet only makes things worse. Dogs and cats react strongly to their owners’ moods. If you keep assuring your dog that he’s a slob, he’ll believe he really is and whines and whimper like hell. So if you feel sorry, don’t show it to your four-legged friend.
Give each other a chance to sniff each other
Anyone who owns a new cat or dog or changes veterinarians should introduce the animal to the doctor of their choice as soon as possible. During the initial examination, you not only get to know each other, but you also get certainty about the state of health of the animal family member. As a rule, kittens or puppies have to be vaccinated and dewormed again when they move in with their new family. Taking a healthy animal to the vet has many advantages. Because this first experience with the doctor can be positive. Treats, stroking, and the fact that the examination doesn’t hurt take away a lot of the animal’s shyness and fear. You can use the first visit to ask the vet questions about keeping and feeding. It is important to ask him how the emergency services are organized so that veterinary help can be obtained quickly in an emergency.
Don’t forget your vaccination card and other documents
Of course, the veterinarian needs to know as much as possible about their patient’s history. Take the vaccination record and any medical records you have with you. Make a note of when you have dewormed your animal with which means or whether it is regularly given medication. In this case, take the pack with you.
Don’t get impatient
Animals are not machines and the unforeseen is part of everyday life in the veterinary practice. Don’t get impatient if you have to wait for a little. After all, you also want your veterinarian to make time for you and your animal and not scurry, scurry away.
Pre-treatments change the clinical picture
Don’t wait too long to see the vet if your pet has problems. Because the more advanced an illness is, the more complex it is to treat and the more expensive it becomes. Precise information about the illness and the history of your animal makes it easier for the veterinarian to make a diagnosis. Tell him how long the problem has existed, what other symptoms you have noticed, and whether the animal has been previously treated, either by another vet or by yourself. Honesty is key because any pre-treatment falsifies the clinical picture and puts your vet on the wrong track.
Make appointments in advance
Even a veterinarian has a day off and actually, it goes without saying that you stick to the office hours. In special cases, e.g. For example, if you have an extremely anxious animal, most vets are willing to make appointments. In an emergency, no vet will refuse to treat your animal, even at the weekend. But make sure beforehand that the practice is occupied, otherwise you might go there for free.