Preparing Your Pet for its First Pet Hospital Visit

Preparing Your Pet for its First Pet Hospital Visit

A trip to the Pet Hospital can be a stressful time for just about anyone—and that’s especially true when it comes to your pets. New sounds, smells, and sights can create fear and anxiety for your furry friend, making for a traumatic experience that could set the tone for future visits. To make your kitty or puppy’s appointment go as smoothly as possible, here are some handy tips to prepare for your pet’s first vet hospital visit.

Choose the right vet

If you are in the market for a vet hospital, doing a little homework now can save you and your fur baby some stress later. Choose a professional clinic with friendly and caring staff. Make sure the vet offers a wide range of important services for your cat or dog. Does your pet need to be spayed or neutered? Will they need vaccinations? Can the vet provide teeth care for your pet? Also, pick a clinic that is close by—you don’t want the vet to be too out of the way in case of an emergency.

A Puppy for their first Pet Hospital Visit

Make the appointment during a slow period

Dogs and cats can get extra nervous when there is a room full of other pets waiting for their checkups. So, make the appointment when the Pet Hospital might not be so busy. Weekends or holidays might seem like a convenient time for you, but the rush other visitors and their pets might add further stress to your furry pal.

Schedule a meet and greet appointment

Taking your puppy or kitten to the vet hospital for some face (or nose) time is a great way for them to get comfortable with the new surroundings, the veterinarian, and the staff. If you can arrange it, contact the pet clinic for a meet and greet appointment. Don’t forget to bring along tons of extra special treats and their favourite chew toys to make the experience as fun and as yummy as possible.

Play veterinarian

When it comes to easing your pet’s anxieties, normalizing the exam process can go a long way. Try to perform some of the same actions a vet would do by inspecting your pet’s eyes and ears, gently opening their mouth, and holding their paws. The more prepared your furry friends are for their first exam, the less threatened they will feel.

Keep your emotions in check

Bringing your beloved pet to a clinic for the first time can also be stressful for you. But keep in mind, your puppy and kitten can feed off your emotions. So, take some time to ease your anxieties and relax. Remember, the happier and calmer you are, the more relaxed your pets will be, making their first visit to the vet hospital a less intimidating experience.

Your pet’s first trip to a veterinarian clinic or Pet Hospital can be a little overwhelming, but it doesn’t have to be. With these handy tips, a great vet, and loads of hugs and treats, you’ll pet will enjoy their vet visits.

For friendly, affordable, and high-quality services, contact Langley Animal Clinic today!