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Your Pet Doesn’t Need to Fear the Vet

By April 27, 2019 No Comments

Visiting the doctor can be stress-inducing for your pets. When it comes to our furry companions—who may not understand where they’re going, why they’re going there, and what’s going to happen when they get there—visiting the veterinarian can be downright scary. However, these visits don’t have to cause your pet anxiety. Here are three ways to make your pet’s next veterinary visit a walk in the park.

#1: Help to build positive associations.

Don’t just bring your pet to see us when she needs vaccines or is sick or injured. Visiting a doctor can be a scary experience, and your pet doesn’t understand all the poking and prodding that we may have to do during her visit. Take time to stop by our office with your pet in tow on days when she doesn’t have an appointment. During these “happy visits,” our team can give her a treat and show her some love without any of the poking and prodding, which will help her associate our office with good experiences.

#2: Get your pet accustomed to leaving the house.

Some cats disappear the moment you drag the cat carrier out of the basement. If possible, start getting your cat accustomed to being in her carrier when she’s a kitten. Leave the carrier out with the door open and place a favorite treat inside so she can go in and rest, rather than associating it with something negative. Occasionally, when she’s inside, close the door and take her for a leisurely car ride.

#3: Talk to us if your pet’s anxiety seems extreme.

For some pets, anti-anxiety medications may be warranted, and we can instruct you on how to give them before your pet’s visit.

 

Do you have questions about reducing your pet’s fear, anxiety, or stress before her next veterinary appointment? Call our office and ask us as we’re scheduling your pet’s next appointment.

Mountain Parks Veterinary Hospital will be open our regular hours in order to care for your pets. The adventure camp will be available 7:00 AM to 6:30 PM Monday through Friday and 7:00 AM to 5:30 PM on Saturday and Sunday.

For overnight boarding or more information:
Call 303-670-7118 / Email Email Us
or complete the online boarding request form.
Please call 303-674-3156 or email records@mountainparksvet.com if we can help with other pet care needs.

We will be following CDC recommended protocols for curbside service. When you arrive at the hospital please remain in your vehicle and call our main phone number 303-674-3156. A hospital employee will come outside, take a brief history and bring your pet inside. The doctor and technician will communicate with you via text message, telephone or come outside while practicing recommended social distancing.