Thursday, July 10, 2014

Reduce Vet Anxiety for Your Pets

It is important to take your pet in for a checkup each year. Pets age faster than people, and need to have regular exams to ensure that they are in optimal health. Even if there have not been many health concerns or injuries, regular vet visits can prevent and provide early detection of many major diseases and health conditions. Here are a few ways to prepare your pet for their Blue Pearl Vet exam.

Start Early

Pets can detect when there is a sudden change in their owner’s routine and emotions. Pets are more at ease with routines. Sudden changes in routine can make pets anxious and rebellious. Try to get an appointment for a time when the veterinarian’s office is not busy. After scheduling an appointment, start preparing several days ahead of time. This will reduce anxiety and help to keep everyone, including your pet calm.

Plan a Regular Visit First

To reduce anxiety, visit the veterinarian’s office several days or weeks before the actual appointment. This will give your pet time to get familiar with the staff and the environment. Pets that are familiar with their care providers are less likely to feel anxious, overwhelmed, and skittish during their annual exam.

Pack a Pet Diaper Bag

Believe it or not, pet owners should always have a diaper bag for their pets. Diaper bags are great for carrying around pet care items. Things to include in the diaper bag are vaccination records, identification tags, insurance cards, pet toys, chews, snacks, a leash, a muzzle, poop bags, and blankets. Pack this bag in advance and store it in the car.

Bring Samples

During your pet’s annual exam, the doctor may ask for a stool and urine sample. Since most pets are a little anxious during their checkups, it may be necessary to wait until your pet feels comfortable enough to poop. Save time and get a stool sample the day before the exam. Store the sample in an airtight plastic container such as an old prescription bottle. Samples are necessary for the doctor to test for any parasites that could cause potential health problems.

Pay Attention

Pay close attention to your pet. Watch their behavior, especially during the weeks leading up to their appointment. Make note of any odd behaviors. Be prepared to ask the veterinarian questions about Fido’s health. During the visit, the veterinarian will perform a complete physical and dental exam. They may even draw blood for lab work and administer some vaccinations or medications. The vet relies on you to provide them with crucial information about your pet. Do not sugarcoat or make light of any concerns, everything bit of information is important when it comes to your pet’s health. In addition to watching your pet, pay close attention to how the doctor treats your pet and how he or she responds.

Participate in Exams

Pet owners that participate in their pet’s exams help to improve their pet’s overall experience. Owner participation reassures pets that their owners are not going anywhere and are completely comfortable with everything that is going on. This will make it easier for the vet to perform their job and to provide your pet with quality care.

Improve how well your pet responds to the vet by going more often and by preparing in advance.


  1. These are great tips that I'll note of. I usually bring few treats for Millie so she doesn't focus much on the vet's surroundings as it only adds stress to her and she shakes uncontrollably in the clinic. Having a piece of her favorite toy and few treats do the trick for our diva dog.

  2. I haven't tried bringing my pet to the vet but one thing's for sure, I don't want them getting hurt or sick.Pets are such wonderful creatures.


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