Take Away the Fuss – Your Puppy Can Learn to Trust Us
Did you know vet visits don’t have to be a hassle? No more dragging the dog through the door! Try these five ways to take away the stress and fear so every appointment is more relaxing and enjoyable for you and your pet.
JUST for FUN
Come for a fun visit before the actual appointment to get familiar with the new surroundings in a non-threatening way. Friendly staff members will be sure your puppy gets plenty of treats and attention. At the next visit he will remember how fun we can be.
Make this an adventure for your puppy. Come in a little early and take time to walk around outside. After checking in, let him get a good sniff around the lobby and down the hallway. Encourage him to say hi to some staff members and reward him with snacks.
PACK a GOODIE BAG
Bring some extra special treats that your puppy doesn’t get very often. Deli chicken, liver treats, peanut butter, and other yummy snacks will distract him from anything scary or uncomfortable. A favorite toy to play with can also help a puppy feel at home.
PLAY VET at HOME
Getting your puppy used to having his mouth, paws, and ears handled will make his physical exam a breeze. Make sure you are in charge but stay calm and relaxed. Use lots of treats and praise to make this a positive experience!
HUNGRY DOG = HAPPY DOG
Skipping a meal prior to the visit will make a pet very excited about food rewards during an exam. A bellyful of goodies when he leaves will certainly make him a happy dog. **
**Use caution with puppies under 5lbs due to the possibility of hypoglycemia. These little ones should not skip a regular meal, just don’t feed them immediately prior to the exam.