How To Prepare For A Trip To The Vet With Your Dog

Taking Your Dog To The Vet: Tips & Advice.

A trip to the vet can be stressful for both dog and owner. Despite this, regular visits to a veterinary practice are an essential aspect of any dog’s life. Vaccinations and routine procedures will be necessary for every pet, so even if you’re lucky enough to not encounter any accidents or mishaps, you will need to consider how you will tackle the vet experience. Here are some tips to help you make a trip to the vet a little bit easier.

Consider your journey in advance

Dogs will often pick up on their owners’ mood. Therefore it’s important to remain calm on the day of your appointment and act like it’s business as usual. Worrying unnecessarily will set the tone for the rest of the day, so carry out your normal routine and don’t let your dog believe that anything is different from usual. You should also consider how you will get to the clinic.

If your dog is accustomed to travelling in the car, this might not be a problem. Get together everything that you’ll need, such as your small dog containment pen and leader the evening before, to avoid any last minute panics. Whenever possible, try to arrive at the clinic at least ten minutes before your scheduled appointment. This will allow your dog to become familiar with the surroundings before any examinations or treatments.

Familiarize your dog with being touched

Routine procedures at the pet clinic will involve touching a dog’s ears, mouth and toenails. It is a good idea to ensure that your animal is familiar with being touched in these areas, as it will make it a far less traumatic experience when they encounter it at the clinic.

Make a note of any questions for the vet

You’ll probably have questions which you would like to ask the vet. Perhaps you’d like to know more about improving your dog’s behaviour, or you are considering a change of diet. By making a note of any questions before your visit, you’ll make sure that you don’t forget anything and leave with all of the answers which you need. Remember that your vet will have a wealth of knowledge about all aspects of your dog’s care. Do take advantage of this and ensure you leave with all the information that you require.

Take all necessary details with you

If you’re visiting the vet because of an emergency or an illness, it’s important that you provide the specialist with all of the information they may need. This can include details of any behavioral changes and toxic substances that your dog may have come into contact with. Writing down these details will help to ensure that you don’t miss out any important observations. If you have any medical records for your dog, it’s a good idea to take these along with you.


By following a routine when you visit the vet, your dog will become more and more used to the experience. You should find that the trip becomes a normal part of your pet’s care, which can be easy and stress-free.

About the Author:  Thanks for guest writer, Alan, for great information on taking your dog to the vet!

Image Credits: crestedcrazy and dennis.

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