When your pet is under the weather or needs a regular checkup, your goal is to get her feeling her best fast. But before you get seen by a vet, there’s a good chance you’ll need to spend a little time in the waiting room. One thing about a veterinary clinic waiting room is that it’s full of pets, which can present an interesting challenge for keeping your own pet relaxed and happy. By observing a few basic waiting room etiquette rules, you’ll make the experience go faster for yourself and everyone else. 


In this blog entry, our veterinary care team at Normandale Vet Hospital in Edina has put together our top waiting room etiquette advice. Read on to make your vet visit go as smoothly as possible.

Having Great Expectations for Your Visit

When you bring your pet to our office for veterinarian care, it can be hard to keep your pet relaxed and under control. After all, a veterinary clinic is filled with a wide range of sensory experiences from smells to sights and sounds. Pets are naturally more sensitive to their sensory experiences, so for them, a vet clinic is a feast for the senses. This can cause a strong reaction, something our vet team understands.


However, taking these important steps can help make the vet visit easier for everyone, even your pet:

1.   Use a Leash

When your pet is feeling under the weather, it can be tempting to just grab him and go. You want to get your pet feeling better as soon as possible, after all. Even if your pet usually does fine without a leash, it’s still the only sure way to keep him with you if the excitement of the room becomes too much.

2.   Use a Crate for Small Pets

A leash works well for larger animals, but small pets and cats are better suited for a crate. This is especially true for cats, who don’t usually appreciate leashes. Be sure your pet’s crate is well-ventilated and comfortable for your pet.

3.   Take Your Pet Outside First

No one will appreciate a pet having an accident in the waiting room. Take time to step outside and let your pet relieve herself before you come to the vet. This reduces the chance that there will be a bathroom-related mishap in the clinic.

4.   Respect Others’ Space

Pets love to explore the world around them. But when they encounter other animals, one may react more aggressively. It’s best to keep your pet away from other pets and let him have his space while you’re here.

Edina Veterinary Medical and Surgical Care

Your pet’s health is important to you, and you want to do everything you can to keep them healthy and happy for as long as possible. That’s why it’s important to have a regular veterinary care team to help keep your pet’s tail wagging through the years.


At Normandale Veterinary Hospital, we provide complete veterinary services including pet surgery, grooming services, pet dental services, and pet emergency care.

To connect with our veterinarians, call us at 952-831-8272. You can also visit our contact page to schedule your pet’s vaccines, spay or neuter, and regular care.