Not many humans like doctor and dentist visits, we endure the pain because we know it benefits us in the long run. Your dogs and cats don’t understand, so these tips can put their pet checkups on a low-stress diet.
- Socialize them while they’re young.
Get pets accustomed to being around people they’re young. How does your vet handle your pets? Looking into their ears, handling paws, toes, and nails, touching their legs, chest, and abdomen is normal. If you do it, if your friends (trusted humans) do it your pets won’t think it’s unusual.
- Cars are not just for vet visits.
Some pets only ride to the vet, especially in infancy. If they learn that “car trip” doesn’t always means “vet visit”, those car trips will be stress-free.
- Condition your pet to the office.
Bring your pets to a “Pets and Vets Day”, they’ll see other animals, get used to smells and layout, meet the staff (maybe get a treat) and see the positives in our Daly City location. When possible, schedule checkups in quiet times when fewer patients are in the office. Bring a favorite toy or a bit of clothing that smells like home.
- Pets in carriers are safer.
Unless, like the car, you only use a carrier for vet visits. Canines are den dwellers in the wild, you can condition most of them to love having a den to call their own, and to feel safe in it. Cats are tougher, but, if it’s normal for them, like a regular napping place, they’ll feel more secure whenever they are in a carrier.
- Sedation therapy is perfectly reasonable.
If your pet really gets stressed and gentle persuasion doesn’t work, your vet can prescribe a doggie downer or kitty calmer. Relaxation is a must for a successful visit; if the pet’s health is otherwise good, there’s no reason to decline a little pharmaceutical assistance.
If you’re stress-free, your pet will be. When you come to our Daly City office, be ready to be your pet’s voice with a list of any symptoms or anything your pet is doing that seems out of the ordinary. Bringing pix of your pet’s home and toys or a sample of their food or supplements probably won’t be needed, but it’s good to have them on hand.
The San Francisco Bay Area is home to every pet you can imagine and what’s true of dogs or cats (the most domesticated of all species) goes double for “exotics”. Birds don’t like others stretching their wings, lizards don’t like getting wrapped in towels, and so on. With your help, we can make a checkup almost effortless.