We recommend purchasing 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 the experience happy and positive. Add more and more time as they get used to it. If they ever get anxious, stop and try again another day.
On the day of your visit, if their appointment is in the morning, don’t feed them breakfast, and if your appointment is in the afternoon, only feed a small breakfast. If hungry, your dog will respond better to food rewards at the veterinary hospital. Dogs experience similar endorphin release when eating, like people! Does not apply to diabetic dogs.
Bring in their favorite treat, kibble or toy. You are the best at knowing what your dogs go crazy over!
Avoid loud music on the ride over and on the way home. Instead play calming, classical music to decrease anxiety.
Speak in a low calm voice. High pitched praise or reaffirmation often increases anxiety.
If you have an anxious dog, leave them in the car when you arrive and check in with the receptionist. They will advise you when an exam room is available. You can wait in your car, take a walk or sit outside on our bench. Limiting time in the waiting room creates a calmer visit.
If you believe your dog would benefit from an anti-anxiety medication or a natural soothing supplement, please let us know as you arrive.
We hope this helps lessen stress for you and your pet.