Many pets find their visit to the vet to be stressful, but it doesn't have to be. At Sploot, our clinic is designed to reduce your pet's stress level and our team is practicing fear-free methods to ensure their stay in our clinic is a positive experience for them. In addition, there are several methods you can practice at home with your pup that will make them feel much more comfortable when they go to the vet or other pet care professionals. Dr. Jake Saunders from Sploot and Tanya Lim, CPDT-KA, from Family Pupz, a professional dog trainer, share some behavioral methods you could use to make sure your pup is prepared for their vet visit.
In these videos, we discuss the importance of getting your dog to feel comfortable with common experiences, such as grooming appointments, vet visits, or just ongoing preventative care at home. Along with brushing your puppy’s teeth, it’s important to get your puppy used to having his feet and ears touched so the process does not seem foreign to them at grooming appointments or during vet exams. Dr. Saunders talks about some common reactions and consequences of dogs being scared of the vet visit and how to prevent that.
Next, Tanya Lim, CPDT-KA shares a few exercises you could try at home, such as handling and restraint exercises. These will help your pup feel much more comfortable at the vet clinic, as well as other pet care facilities.