Bringing Your Dog To The Practice
A visit to the vet is a vital necessity for dogs and their owners. While some of our four-legged friends may not like it, it shouldn’t be a trauma for them.
With a little bit of time and preparation, you can make it a positive experience for you and your dog.
Let’s make their visit a happy one, together.
What To Bring With You?
LIST OF QUESTIONS
A list of questions. When you book your appointment, start writing down questions so you don’t forget to ask what you want when you get there.
It’s also helpful if someone else needs to take your dog to the vet instead of you.
YOUR DOGS MEDICATION
If your dog is taking long-term medication it is always helpful to bring it with you or your dog’s medication record, just in case we decide to change it.
MUZZLE (IF NECESSARY)
If your dog needs to wear a muzzle during the appointment, it is best to bring their own as it will be familiar.
You will need a soft, comfortable leash (not long or retractable), to control your dog and prevent them from tangling or tripping someone over.
BLANKET OR COMFORTER
Having their own blanket can help your dog settle down in the waiting room. Prepare a blanket that you don’t mind leaving at the practice with your dog if they are admitted so that their kennel smells familiar.
FOOD OR TREATS
We may not have your dog’s favourite treats, so we always recommend bringing your own. A few great treats to bring are a tube of crushed cheese, a pot of meat, or fish paste, to provide your dog with a longer-lasting distraction whilst being examined.
PHOTOS OR VIDEOS OF YOUR DOG
Dog symptoms, such as a limp, may be easier to see in photos or videos taken while they are relaxing at home. Videos can reduce the amount of time the vet needs to handle your dog at the practice.
You don’t need to put your dog in an uncomfortable situation just to show our vet their problem; Only do this if you have a natural opportunity and your dog is relaxed.
Travelling To The Practice
Isn’t odd when you get that feeling your dog knows they are going to the vet? Most likely they do! Dogs are experts at picking up on environmental clues around them and the changes in your behaviour, such as anxiousness, or nervousness, they can sense it. Always keep calm to provide your dog with reassurance.
Here are some tips on how to keep your dog calm during the trip:
Plan your route, and allow plenty of time so you both can enjoy a calm and relaxing walk on the way.
Create a safe space in the car for your dog, perhaps with a blanket or familiar toy. Drive safely and ensured your dog is safely restrained.
Allow yourself time, and plan your routes, stops and stations so that the journey is less stressful for you and your dog.
Once you have arrived at the practice, take your dog for a short walk around before coming inside. This will allow them to de-stress from their journey and stretch their legs, have a sniff and maybe go to the toilet.
The Waiting Room
Once arrived, our friendly team of receptionists will ensure you are checked in and comfortable. If you are worried that your dog may be distressed, don’t hesitate to ask for assistance from our receptionists they are more than happy to help you and your pet in any way they can. You also have the option to wait in the car with your dog if needed.
Here are some helpful tips for the waiting room:
SIT AWAY FROM THE DOOR
Unknown outside noises in an unfamiliar area can cause your dog to become uneasy and stressed.
KEEP YOUR DOGS ATTENTION
Try to keep your dog’s focus and attention on you, so that they avoid eye contact with other dogs.
If you know your dog is severely anxious about coming to the practice when booking an appointment ask for a quieter time, we will always try our best to accommodate you.