Is your canine buddy due for an exam? We know that appointments can be stressful for pets, and we do everything we possibly can to make visits comfortable and pleasant for our patients. There are also things you can do to ensure that things go smoothly. In this article from Armitage Animal Clinic, a Newmarket, ON veterinarian offers some tips on taking Fido to the doctor.
Your pet’s veterinary care needs will change over time. Puppies need a few appointments in that first year. In addition to his initial exams, vaccines, and parasite control, little Fido will need microchipping and spay/neuter surgery. Adult dogs usually need to come in about once a year, for wellness care. When your pooch reaches his golden years, he may need to visit us a little more, especially if he develops medical issues. Follow your vet’s recommended appointment schedule.
Keeping The Pup Calm
Does your pooch get very nervous at the animal clinic? If so, he’s not alone. Many dogs get uneasy at the clinic. Fido’s cute nose actually has a lot to do with that. Man’s Best Friend has an extremely acute sense of smell, and he can pick up even the faintest odors. Your pup will pick up not only the smells of cleaners and disinfectants, but also the scents of many other anxious animals, some of whom may be sick. Take Fido for a long walk before his appointment, and indulge him in a fun play session. This will help him burn off any excess energy, so he’ll be calmer after.
Always keep your canine companion crated for travel. Even if your pooch is very well-behaved in the car, he’s much safer with that extra protection. If you do let Fido sit in the back seat, don’t let him put his head out the window. This may be fun for him, but it’s very dangerous. He could get dust, pollen, insects, or even pebbles in his eyes.
Be prepared for your canine pal’s appointment! Ask if you should bring stool samples, or perhaps snap photos of Fido’s food and treats. This is also a great time to get advice on your dog’s diet and care needs. Don’t be afraid to ask questions!
Do you need to make an appointment for your pet? Contact Armitage Animal Clinic, your Newmarket, ON veterinary hospital!