Monday, October 31, 2005

FIVE TIPS FOR EASIER VET VISITS

FIVE TIPS FOR EASIER VET VISITS

Taking your pet to the veterinarians’ office can be an adventure all on its own. There are so many sights, sounds, smells and other sensations that your pet can easily become quite excited or agitated to the point that control is difficult. Multiply this by the ever rotating average of 10 or more pets in a busy waiting room and mass pandemonium could be the result. Without proper training and control, a veterinarian’s waiting room might quickly become a bedlam of scales, feather and fur as the animals all compete for space and attention. So what can you do to make the trip less stressful for your pet, yourself, your vet and the staff? There are five basic points that will make any visit, less of an odyssey.

First, be certain to leash or halter train your dog if you do not plan on using a pet carrier for transport. A pet carrier is ideal for small animals as this provides them a measure of security, as they have their own personal space, and it also gives them protection from larger or aggressive animals that might be in the waiting room, but for larger animals a pet carrier may not be an option. A shorter leash or halter is best in this situation as it provides more control for the dog owner and prevents tangling with other animals or furniture. Leashes also provide a handhold for cases where aggressive behaviors amongst animals might otherwise get out of control.

Secondly, consider muzzle training for your pet. Many veterinarian hospitals now request you to muzzle your pet. This is for the safety of other patients as well as the staff. A muzzle will simply fit around a dog’s mouth area and prevent biting but to a dog that is unfamiliar with the device this can be a very frightening experience. Giving your pet the opportunity to learn about this device in a non-threatening environment can make the office visit much less traumatic.

A third tip is not to forget the rewards. Unless your veterinarian has requested your dog have no food for specific purposes, such as testing, or if they do not allow food in the waiting room, feel free to bring along a treat for your pet. This will help them to feel more at ease with the new surroundings and help to keep their focus on you rather than on getting a closer look at the iguana on a leash in the corner. It also gives you the chance to continue the training lessons while waiting for your pet to be called back to the exam rooms. Plus, your dog will think you are really cool and, if you are lucky, so will that cute receptionist you’ve had your eye on.

Fourth, keep track of your pet’s medical records. Is your pet allergic to anything? Is she up to date on her vaccination shots? How old is he? Has your pet had any surgeries, major illnesses or parasites? These things are all important to know and could be potentially life threatening if you didn’t keep them current. Regular visit to the vet and being current on shots is always a good idea. Why risk losing your precious friend to some disease that is virtually non-existent over a measly few dollars? Plus, visiting the vet regularly will help your pet to become more relaxed with the office settings and they will respond better.

For our fifth tip, let’s party. Socializing your pet to other people and animals prior to vet visits is a great idea provided they are current on their vaccinations. This allows them to learn acceptable behaviors around other animals and what the boundaries of interaction are. Hosting a puppy party is a great way to do this. Invite several other dog owners over to visit and serve a modest picnic or potluck type meal. Encourage the dogs to play and interact together and with the other owners. This will help them to learn what you will and will not accept and helps you to determine potential problem areas.

Following these simple tips can make vet visits less traumatic on all involved and much easier to cope with. You will thank yourself later. Your pet will thank you and so will the staff at the vet’s office.


© 2005-2006. Mario Giordani. About the author: Mario Giordani writes about different topics of interest. You may not use this article unless you retain both copyright and link information intact and the links are clickable. Website: http://1stpromotions.com

22 Comments:

Blogger pete said...

Hello Mario, I was looking around for stuff on dog training dummies and found your post. I have to admit, theres some pretty good info here but I could not find anything about FIVE TIPS FOR EASIER VET VISITS specifically. I see now why I found your page looking for information on dog training dummies and am glad I stopped by even though this is not a perfect match. This is one of the best blogs I have seen so far... you're doing a terrific job. Keep it
up.

5:19 PM  
Blogger pete said...

This is a great blog here Mario, searching for information on local dog training has brought me here. Although FIVE TIPS FOR EASIER VET VISITS is not exactly what I am looking for it certainly got my attention and interest. I see now why I found your blog looking for information on local dog training and am glad I stopped by even though this is not a perfect match. Great blog thanks for the read.

9:44 PM  
Blogger pete said...

Well done on a nice blog Mario. My friend actually sent me a link to this blog post and I have to admit, theres some pretty good info here but nothing I could find on local dog training specifically. Although FIVE TIPS FOR EASIER VET VISITS is not exactly what I am looking for it certainly got my attention and interest. I was looking for information on local dog training but am glad I stopped by even though this is not a perfect match.

6:19 AM  
Blogger pete said...

This is a great blog here Mario, searching for information on dog behaviour training has brought me here. Although FIVE TIPS FOR EASIER VET VISITS is not exactly what I am looking for it certainly got my attention and interest. I see now why I found your blog looking for information on dog behaviour training and am glad I stopped by even though this is not a perfect match. Great blog thanks for the read.

6:13 AM  
Blogger James Baker said...

Hi Mario!I like your blog! Keep up the
good work, you are providing a great resource on the Internet here!
If you have a moment, please take a look at my site:
personalized engraved pet frames
It pretty much covers personalized engraved pet frames related content.
Best regards!

9:15 AM  
Blogger James Baker said...

I was searching blogs,and I found your site.Please Mario
accept my congratulations for your excellent work!
If you have a moment, please visit my site:
Lizard for a Pet
It pretty much covers Lizard for a Pet related issues.
Have a good day!

10:29 PM  
Blogger Paul Adams said...

I just came across your blog and wanted to
drop to you,Mario, a note telling you how impressed I was with it.
I give you my best wishes for your future endeavors.
If you have a moment, please visit my site:
Pet names
It covers Pet names related issues.
All the best!

3:06 AM  
Blogger Libra said...

Hi Mario. I'm trying to put together a list of sites which help people to find a hiking partner in their local area; just like this one 'hiking partner'. I thought you might be able to help. Do you know of any other hiking partner related sites? Many thanks.

7:53 AM  
Blogger Paul Adams said...

I was searching blogs,and I found your site.Please Mario
accept my congratulations for your excellent work!
If you have a moment, please visit my site:
pet christmas ornaments
It pretty much covers pet christmas ornaments related issues.
Have a good day!

9:36 AM  
Blogger Net Business Review said...

Wow Mario , I love your blog. I was wondering if you would be able to write on my website too since the content is so invaluable... I dont know how we can work this out... but this Blog is Realy great and i am impressed by it. i have my website http://www.puppytodogtrainingtips.com and its based on hunting dog training tip . This is not the first time i am seeing so good content... but this is the first time i have found it worth a comment. I am taking this time hoping that you would some time be able to write on my website too. Please let me know and email me if its possible... Would really appreciate your time.

Great Work and keep it up. Will Book mark it for sure and will come back again and again. I just hope that you will keep changing contents... :) Eh surely check my site ok here ok. Click here , i have made it convenient for you ;) hunting dog training tip

Best Regards
Rajeev

3:14 AM  
Blogger pete said...

Well done on a nice blog Mario. My friend actually sent me a link to this blog post and I have to admit, theres some pretty good info here but nothing I could find on dog training cambridge specifically. Although FIVE TIPS FOR EASIER VET VISITS is not exactly what I am looking for it certainly got my attention and interest. I was looking for information on dog training cambridge but am glad I stopped by even though this is not a perfect match.

7:52 AM  
Blogger pete said...

This is a great blog here Mario, searching for information on protection dog training has brought me here. Although FIVE TIPS FOR EASIER VET VISITS is not exactly what I am looking for it certainly got my attention and interest. I see now why I found your blog looking for information on protection dog training and am glad I stopped by even though this is not a perfect match. Great blog thanks for the read.

2:20 AM  
Blogger Dog Training Help said...

Hello Mario, I thought you and your readers might be interested in control dog fleas , the site also has many other areas of interest in the dog area.. Thanks for your time.. hope to see you there !!

10:03 AM  
Blogger Dog Training Help said...

Hello Mario, I thought you and your readers might be interested in dog health , the site also has many other areas of interest in the dog area.. Thanks for your time.. hope to see you there !!

6:59 AM  
Blogger Dog Training Help said...

Hello Mario, I thought you and your readers might be interested in dog clothes , the site also has many other areas of interest in the dog area.. Thanks for your time.. hope to see you there !!

6:19 AM  
Blogger pete said...

This is a great blog here Mario, searching for information on protection dog training has brought me here. Although FIVE TIPS FOR EASIER VET VISITS is not exactly what I am looking for it certainly got my attention and interest. I see now why I found your blog looking for information on protection dog training and am glad I stopped by even though this is not a perfect match. Great blog thanks for the read.

12:42 AM  
Blogger All the best to you! said...

I was looking around and I just found your very nice blog, Mario!
Please accept my sincere appreciation for your good work!
If you have a moment, please visit my site:
pet cold pack
It pretty much covers pet cold pack related stuff.
Best regards!

7:31 AM  
Blogger entdata said...

Hi Mario,
After searching page after page about dog training online I ran across your blog FIVE TIPS FOR EASIER VET VISITS which caught my attention because, of the amount of valuable and informative information you have. Unfortunately this is not exactly what I was looking for, however I enjoyed reading all your information. Thanks for the reading.

4:22 PM  
Blogger pete said...

Hey, Mario, you have a great blog here! Out searching the net for information on guide dog training I found your site. Although FIVE TIPS FOR EASIER VET VISITS is not exactly what I am looking for it certainly got my attention and interest. I see now why I found your page looking for information on guide dog training and am glad I stopped by even though this is not a perfect match. Great blog thanks for the read.

10:18 PM  
Blogger Arjan van Hemert said...

Hi,

Great Informative blog you have. To find additional information about dog breed and training please visit my Dog Breed blog or Pit Bull Terrier blog.

You are welcome to add your site to them.

Many regards,
Arjan van Hemert

3:48 AM  
Blogger dogman said...

Mario, Great blog. A lot of worthy information. Keep up the good work. I'll be chacking back!


Dog training basics

10:22 PM  
Blogger Oscar said...

I just came across your blog about dog training basics and wanted to drop you a note telling you how impressed I was with the information you have posted here. I also have a web site & blog about dog training basics so I know I'm talking about when I say your site is top-notch! Keep up the great work, you are providing a great resource on the Internet here!

1:22 PM  

Post a Comment

<< Home