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April 4, 2014

Tips for Anxious Canines at the Vet

It's not just our feline friends who can experience stress at the veterinary clinic but also our other great four legged friends. So what can you do to help your dog have a better experience at the vet?

If you have a dog who is highly food motivated, bring in a special kind of treat that you know they love and feed it to them while here.

Make sure they are hungry when they come to the vet. Give only 1/2 their meal before their visit instead of their full meal and bring the rest of their meal plus treats to the visit.

If your dog isn't food motivated, you can bring a small shirt or blanket from your home. The smell from the shirt or blanket will remind them of home and comforting situations.

While in the exam room waiting for the veterinarian, practice tricks that your dog knows to get their mind off the situation. Make sure they are tricks your dog knows well, since teaching them new tricks can be stressful in and of itself. Be patient with your dog if it takes them awhile to listen to your command. It's very distracting being in a place with so many new sounds and smells and your dog might take a few extra minutes to focus on the commands being given.

Another great idea is to bring your dog to the veterinary clinic in between exams just to pick up a cookie and spend a couple minutes visiting with the staff and getting positive attention. We don't want your dog to associate going to the vet with a negative experience, so when you bring them in for short, positive visits you start changing how they view the clinic. We here at Kenwood Pet Clinic happily welcome all of our four legged friends who come in for a few minutes to grab a tasty treat and a couple of head scratches!

If you have any questions or comments regarding how to make the veterinary experience more pleasant for your canine friend please feel free to give us a call or send us an email.

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