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Posted on 06-30-2016

In the last blog post we discussed some things you can do to help your pet have a better experience at the vet. Here are a few more tips to keep in mind leading up to your pet's next veterinary visit:

  • Never feed your pet before their visit. A hungry pet will be more easily distracted by treats than a pet that just ate a full meal. Push off supper until your pet comes home from their visit and remember that their stomach is probably half full with treats they got during their appointment!
  • Do not talk "baby talk" to your pet. Speaking in such a tone can actually cause more anxiety in your pet because hearing this tone from you reinforces the fact that there IS actually something to be anxious about. 
  • Careful with your comforting - just like with the "baby talk", leaning over your animal, excessive petting and "soothing" just escalate anxiety in your pet. Again, these actions are telling your pet there is something to be anxious about. Instead, feed your pet yummy treats, ask them to do normal things for you like "sit", "shake", etc.while you are waiting for your appointment.

As previously discussed, we are making changes at Southfork to help your pet as well. We are altering staff scrub colors, adding aromatherapy and soothing music to each treatment room and continue to expand our treat options to ensure that we have something tasty for each pet that we see!

We are continually striving to provide a full spectrum of excellent care for your pets at Southfork. Working on reducing anxiety is an important, although easily-forgotten, part of great care. It is forgotten no more here at Southfork!

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