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Tips for a
better vet visit

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Tips for a better vet visit

A trip to the vet can be traumatic for your pet. There are lots of sights, smells, sounds, people and animals that may be new and unfamiliar. There are a number of ways to minimise the stress and maximise the benefit of a veterinary visit for both you and your pet:

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Take your dog for a walk prior to your visit

This will make your dog less anxious and easier to handle. He or she will also be less likely to have an “accident” at the clinic.

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Use a carrier basket or box if your pet is small enough

Being inside a confined, familiar space will have a calming effect, and will prevent biting, scratching and attempts at running away. It will also protect your pet from other pets at the veterinary clinic.

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Take control in the waiting room

Keep your pet relaxed by giving lots of physical attention and talking softly.

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Stay with your pet in the consulting room

Vets and Vet Nurses are very experienced at holding nervous and frightened animals, but your familiar face and smell will comfort your pet while in the consulting room. It also gives you the chance to ask and answer questions.

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Plan for extra time

If you would like extra time to talk to your vet be sure to schedule it when you make your appointment, or try to avoid peak hours. Veterinary clinics are usually busiest upon opening in the morning and in the early evening.

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Visit frequently

Regular check-ups will help your pet get used to the experience of going to the vet, and help the vet and nurses become more familiar with your pet.