Ways to Help Reduce Your Pets Stress at the Vet
Regular veterinary exams are very important for all pets. Even indoor cats and pets that appear healthy need at least two veterinary appointments each year to help you identify problems before they become serious and help them live long, healthy, happy lives.
We realize coming to the veterinarian can be stressful for your pets (and you!) As well, boarding your pets while you travel can cause anxiety when they are in a new place with unfamiliar sights, sound and smells.
At Williams Animal Clinic, we have products in store or online such as Zylkene, Feliway for cats or Adaptil for dogs that can help during these and other stressful situations (such as storms, fireworks or visitors to your home).
Call us at 256-574-6214 or ask during your next appointment.
Here are some tips to help make your next visit to Williams Animal Clinic easier on you and your pet:
- Kennel/Crate. Introduce your pet to a crate or kennel before it comes time to use it to travel to the vet. Once your pet accepts and uses the crate, the crate can be used to transport your pet to and from our clinic.
- Hiding places. Some pets feel more comfortable when they can hide. Provide a blanket in the crate for your pet to hide under. You can also use a blanket to cover the crate and give your pet a sense of protection.
- Car rides. Consider placing your pet’s crate in the floor of the front seat to provide a visual barrier as well as calming white noise from the engine running. Safety belts specially adapted for dogs are also available. If your pet does get car sick, ask us about strategies to alleviate the symptoms.
- Practice sessions. Call ahead to our clinic to find out when there is a quiet time to visit. During the visit, your pet can calmly walk around the building and exam room. Use treats and positive praise with your pet as you tour around.
- Distractions. Bring your pet’s favorite treats/toys to give them something positive to focus on during the visit.