5 Tips for Reducing Your Dog’s Stress During Vet Visits

It’s no secret that dogs hate vet and grooming visits. Can you blame them? Getting poked and prodded certainly upsets the daily routine of eating, sleeping and playing. Vet trips are similar to how we feel about dental exams: uncomfortable and inconvenient but absolutely necessary.

Every pet owner knows that annual check-ups and vaccinations are critical to a dog’s long-term health. Unfortunately, providing the best care for your dog requires an anxiety-laden trip to the vet’s office every once in a while.

But, vet and grooming appointments don’t need to be such traumatic experiences for pets or pet parents. Follow our advice below to alleviate the stress and anxiety associated with vet visits:

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How to Enjoy Stress-Free Vet and Grooming Visits

  • Treats Galore: Bring plenty of treats to reward your dog’s good behavior from the waiting room to the exam table. Keep meals light to help maintain an appetite.
  • Bring Toys: Does your dog get nervous or anxious in strange environments? In that case, bring a favorite toy to provide a familiar scent and dose of comfort at the vet’s office.
  • Happy Visits: Bring your dog to the vet clinic before the appointment. Many clinics encourage “happy visits” where the staff pets your dog and feeds him treats. This will help your dog relax during vet exams.
  • Joy Rides: Take your dog on car rides that end with a treat or walk in the park. That way, your dog won’t associate the car with only vet appointments.
  • Use Supplements: Give your dog a Composure™ chew to promote calm behavior before a vet visit. It’s safe to double and triple dosage when necessary. An added bonus is that Composure™ is so tasty your pup will be begging for more!