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Tips for Taking the Stress Out of Your Dog’s Vet Visit

Did you like going to the doctor when you were a kid? Not quite? Well, dogs are like kids. They often don’t know what’s best for them, so they need a lot of help from caretakers.

This article will provide 7 tips to make sure you and Fido have the least stressful vet visit possible.

  1. Ask your family and friends to recommend veterinarians.
    You probably wouldn’t pick a pediatrician at random, so don’t do this with a veterinarian, either.  Ask family members and friends in your area who own pets to point you in the right direction.
  2. If you already have a good vet, stick with them.
    Like kids, dogs can form a bond with their doctors. This can keep Spot more relaxed during his vet visit, which means less stress for everyone involved.
  3. Keep Lady insured.
    Just like human health insurance, pet insurance runs the gamut from basic plans that offer only treatment for accidents to advanced plans that cover everything from check-ups to preventative care. If you already have a good vet, ask which pet insurance plans they recommend.
    Pick the plan that fits your budget and Lady’s health needs. Many pet insurance plans offer discounts for multiple pets.
  4. Consider taking out a Care Credit card.
    A CareCredit card is similar to your other credit cards, but just for health-related services. Many veterinarians accept CareCredit payments. Depending on the plan that your veterinarian’s office offers and you select, you may have 6, 12, 18, or 24 months to pay off your balance. If you pay off the balance in time, you won’t be charged interest.
    However, you still need to make a minimum payment each month. If you don’t pay off your balance in time, there’s a hefty APR to deal with. For more information, visit
  5. Get Duke used to kennels and car rides in advance.
    If the only time Duke gets put in the car or kennel is before a vet visit, of course he’s going to whine and bark.  He thinks that going into a car or kennel means something scary is going to happen to him.
    Get Beauty used to being in her kennel at least a few days before the appointment by putting some treats inside, closing her in, and leaving her for 15 minutes. Come back when she’s quiet and tell her what a good girl she is. The same goes for car rides. Start taking Lucky for a drive around the block with you ahead of time. Reward him once he calms down.
  6. Bring Rover’s toys and treats to the appointment.
    This is another pet tip that works just as well for kids. Bring a few of Rover’s favorite toys and treats to the appointment to get his mind off his worries. Now, if Shadow is having surgery, treats are a bad idea, since the vet is going to want her on an empty stomach.
  7. Ask to stay with Buster as long as possible.
    Do you remember your mom or dad holding your hand when you got shots as kid? Well, Buster wants you to comfort him, too. Many vets will let you stay beside Missy during her visit if you ask, as long as there’s no surgery involved.

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