October is the time of year when we relish in all that is spooky. From dark, foggy landscapes to scary movies, there’s no better way to celebrate October than embracing a few light scares. But one scare you don’t want this Halloween is the fear that your family pet may experience when going to the vet. Although we know that doctors are nothing to be afraid of, to pets, the veterinary clinic can be a real-life scary movie.
At Normandale Veterinary Hospital, our caring pet emergency team wants to do everything we can to make sure your pets feel comfortable and safe. We’ve put together this list of helpful advice to take the chills and thrills out of your pet’s visit with our veterinarians. Give us a call to schedule your pet’s annual health check.
Getting Ready for Your Pet’s Visit
It can be stressful for a pet to visit the veterinarian, even if it is completely necessary. Think about it from their point of view. They’re going about their business when suddenly their family members are shoving them into a small pet carrier. Next, they’re placed in a car with all of that movement and sound and no idea where they’re going! For all your pet knows, you could be taking her somewhere far away to never come back again.
Once you arrive at the vet, your pet is surrounded by all kinds of smells, sounds, and strange people and animals. By the time she ends up on the exam table, she has already had quite the adventure. But there are actually quite a few steps you can take to make that adventure fun rather than frightening.
1. Take their Favorite Creature Comforts Along
Having the comforts of home can be soothing to pets when away from home. Does your pet have a favorite toy? Be sure to pack it in your pet crate or take it with you. It’s also a good idea to pack a cozy blanket, especially if your pet has a special one he or she prefers.
2. Keep Your Cool
Animals respond to their humans’ emotional states. If you’re tense or worried, your pets will likely pick up on this. It’s important to remain in a calm or positive frame of mind when bringing your pet in.
3. Keep Your Pet on a Leash or in Her Crate
While in the vet’s office, you’ll want to keep your pet close to you throughout the visit. This helps to limit their contact with other animals and keep them safe and secure as well.
Schedule Your Edina Veterinary Services
Keep your pet healthy and happy by prioritizing regular veterinary care. Regular teeth cleaning, grooming services, and pet vaccinations are all essential parts of caring for your furry family members.
At Normandale Veterinary Services, we work extra hard to make your pet’s visit comfortable and pleasant. To speak with our veterinary care team or make an appointment, call us at 952-831-8272. You can also visit our contact page to schedule your pet’s visit.