No matter what kind of pet you have, you need to go to the veterinarian on a regular basis for shots and checkups. Your pet will look to you for guidance, so be cool and collected, and keep up with your grooming so your pet is used to the process. Here’s more on how to make a trip to the vet a positive experience for your pet.
Stay Calm and Collected
Your pet looks up to you for many reasons, so it’s your job to set an example. If you’re nervous, worried, or uncomfortable, your dog may share the same sentiments. Going to the veterinarian can be a stressful experience for pets that tend to be anxious, but you can help keep the situation under control by keeping yourself calm as an example for your dog or cat.
Make Regular Trips
The more often you bring your pet to the veterinarian, the more comfortable he or she will be with the environment. You must bring your puppy or kitten in regularly for the vaccinations they need early on in life, but don’t slow down after that. Go in for regular checkups so your pet stays acclimated to the animal hospital. This helps your pet stay familiar and reduces the potential for anxiety when the next appointment arrives.
Care for Your Pet
The veterinarian may clip your dog’s nails or brush your cat’s teeth, and these grooming steps can be uncomfortable if your pet isn’t used to them. Clipping and brushing at home helps keep your pets comfortable with the processes, and it keeps them more comfortable and healthy in general.
When your pet knows the veterinarian, it’s a lot easier for him or her to have a positive experience. Call Horizon Animal Hospital at (480) 800-4559 if it’s time for you to set up an appointment for your pet, or look through our website to see what we can do for you.