7 Ways to Make Your Pet's Visit to the Veterinarian Easier

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By Dr. Marty Becker, via Vetstreet

Want to make your pet's trip to the veterinarian easier on you, your pet and the entire staff of the veterinary hospital? My advice for you is simple: Relax.

Though there are a lot of other things you can do, I find that a change of attitude can have the most dramatic effect. If that surprises you, it shouldn't. Our pets are incredibly attuned to our moods, and if you're acting as if a veterinary visit is a bad thing, your dog or cat is more likely to feel that way, too. A cheerful, optimistic outlook is contagious, not only by animals but also by the folks at the veterinary hospital. Of all the things that can be spread at a medical facility, a positive outlook is the one I hope goes viral. It just makes things so much easier for everyone.

SEE ALSO: 7 Things You Do That Drive Your Veterinarian Nuts

Adopting a more relaxed attitude may be the easiest thing you can do, but it's not the only strategy to help get your pet through a veterinary visit with minimal anxiety. Here are more techniques.

Car Tripping
For many pets, especially cats, car trips seem to end poorly (in the pet's opinion). If the only time you got in a car you were going to get a shot or have a stranger poke a thermometer somewhere you'd rather he didn't, you'd have a bad attitude about travel, too. Mix it up. Take your pet for rides he'll enjoy. For dogs, head for a place to hike or to a store where pets are welcome. Though your cat likely won't enjoy visiting, just getting out for a ride with treats and praise can help make him less nervous about future journeys.

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