Words of Woofdom – Afraid of the Veterinarian
Canines are often afraid or uncomfortable going to the veterinarian or animal hospital. This is where they get poked and prodded when they are already not feeling well. Here are three tips to help make your canine companion more comfortable at an animal hospital and not be afraid of the veterinarian.
- Call the veterinarian and ask if you can bring your canine in for a walk around the office without an examination. Ask the staff to give your canine special, yummy treats. This will help your canine associate being at the hospital with good things instead of getting his temperature taken.
- Practice handling your canine like a veterinarian would. When you are at home relaxing with your canine, look in his mouth and ears, feel his abdomen and touch those paws, nails, and paw pads. Notice places your canine is sensitive and give your canine treats when you are touching those areas. This will help to desensitize those areas to being touched.
- Some veterinary hospitals have daycare, canine behavior training, or other fun activities for your canine to participate in. This is another great way for your canine to associate positive and even fun things at the veterinarian hospital. Bring your canine in for a fun day at the vet so the time when he must visit the vet, it is not so bad.
When you do need to go in for an examination, don’t forget your canine’s favorite treat and or toy.