Are Your Pets Comfortable With Their Vets?

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It’s usually no secret to a pet owner if their furry friend isn’t comfortable with their veterinarian; anxiety, defensive biting or scratching, hiding when it’s time to go to the vet, or creating a racket are all common signs that your pet is not pleased with the idea of a trip to the vet’s office.

Ways to Prepare Your Pet:

Socialization of pets is important for more reasons than just helping to make trips to the vet go more smoothly; socialization will create a more balanced, well behaved animal that can cope more easily with a variety of situations and stresses. If possible, start socializing your pet at a young age by having them meet and be petted by your friends, family members and children.

Dogs especially need to get used to being around other animals, too, and should always be kept on a leash when visiting the veterinarian. This helps keep them safe and other pets safe, and can also help calm them down if they are already leash trained. The familiarity of the leash and the pressure of your hand on it can alleviate fear and stress.

Bring your pet in for routine visits to their veterinarian just so they become more familiar and comfortable with the place, people and atmosphere. Bring along a few treats for them to have at the animal clinic. If your pet associates the vet’s office with good food and petting, it may help them feel more calm during checkups and other medical procedures.

Finding the Right Veterinarian:

Finding a right veterinarian is as important for your pet as finding the right doctor is for you. There are a few specific things to look for when considering which vet is right for you and your pet.

Ideally, a professional veterinarian has a clean, well maintained office. Overly strong animal smells may be a sign of poor cleaning and may also cause more upset to your pet than they may already feel. The veterinarian should also be calm, patient and show an interest in you and your pet that goes beyond asking the routine questions. A veterinarian that talks to your pet soothingly and does not become angry or flustered if a defensive pet tries to bite or scratch will help create an atmosphere of calm that will be projected onto your animal.

Finally, if your pet just doesn’t warm up to a specific vet, try another one to gauge if the problem is with one particular doctor or the entire experience. It’s completely all right to shop around for a veterinarian that your pet feels most comfortable with and trusts, so don’t hesitate in asking for recommendations from friends or other pet owners.


This post was contributed by Kelly Austin from Higher Salary. Kelly has always been fond of pets and has had a variety of them since childhood. She is now happily taking care of a healthy bullmastiff. Visit her site for information on the average medical billing and coding salary and guides to other popular careers.

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Devoted pet owner and now, devoted pet editor, Judi spent her time working in traditional offices, keeping the books and the day-to-day operations organized. Taking her dog to work every day for over a decade never seemed odd. Neither did having an office cat. She knows what it's like to train a new puppy and she's experienced the heartache of losing beloved companions.

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  1. Finding the right veterinarian is extremely important and not as easy as it might sound. Not all veterinarians have been created equal (just like human doctors). Though I have to say that I’d rather be treated by our veterinarian. In fact, my experience is that even a lousy veterinarian is better than the average MD. At least judging by those I encountered…

    The vet we have now is the bee’s knees. We love him and our dog loves him. And I mean truly love him. In spite all that Jasmine’s been through. She just adores him.

  2. I have a 11 year old Calico Cat named Kizzy. She is a my people sensor. Needless to say we have been through 2 vets because they did something to upset & tried to cover it from me!! I always warn people Kizzy will give you a warning before she strikes. She will push you away with her paw, if you don’t take heed she’ll hiss at you & growl. That’s it after that – third time your gonna get bit. The last vet we stopped going to went to do a blood test & took her in back. 20 minutes later the doors are all shutting,& the entire staff is in back. Kizzy gave them a run for their money. I knew exactly what was going on & asked if everything was okay. I know it only take 10 minutes – I was lied to & told everything was fine. Kizzy came back to me ticked off, covered in alcohol , her leg shaved & part of her neck shaved. But still told everything was fine & she behaved. Needless to say we never went back.
    My vet now is AWESOME!! They take heed to Kizzy’s warnings. They have a staff member Darla who Kizzy just adores! So I try to schedule appointments for when Darla is working. Kizzy may not always be happy but she’s a lot more comfortable with them than any other clinic I have found. I use the Spring Hill Veterinary Clinic in Carpentersville, IL. Their info is available on my website. http://www.shannonspetsitting.net I refer everybody to Dr. Redeker & his staff! They are a family owned practice with state of the art equipment. As long as Kizzy is happy & healthy that’s all that matters to me!

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