Tricking Your Dog Into Enjoying the Vets

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If you own a dog, you’ve probably experienced the trauma which going to the vets can bring. Most dogs don’t like this sort of trip and will do everything in their power to avoid it. Of course, after one or two visits, you’ll get good at hiding the fact that they’re going somewhere bad until they get there. But, once in the practice, the fighting will kick off again. Solving this issue and making trips to the vets into a breeze isn’t too hard if you know how to approach it. So, to help you out, this post will be going through some tips to make this process a lot easier.

Associate It With Something Good.  Dogs are simple creatures, at their core. Things that they enjoy will make them feel good, and things which they don’t like will make them feel bad. They can remember these feelings, just like a human can, which is what makes repeat visits to a place like this so hard. To solve this issue, simply taking your dog somewhere nice before and after your visit to the vets will make them much happier about going in the future.

Along with struggling at the vets, a lot of dog owners find it very hard to administer treatments to their dog once they get home. An option like dog pill pockets can solve this for you if your dog is taking pills. If your dog is on a liquid treatment, though, you may only have to hide in with some of their favorite food to make it go down. It can be very stressful when your pet is refusing to take their medicine. But, with a little effort, you should be able to get them to do it.

Find Ways To Make Them Comfortable.  Going back to your time at the vet, a lot of dogs feel scared in places like this because they are surrounded by people they don’t know. It’s easy for them to forget that they have you for protection in this sort of environment. To help them, simply keeping in constant physical contact can be enough. This will make them feel safer, while also helping you to keep them restrained. Along with this, though, you could also consider talking to them to remind them that you’re there.

Dogs have a very keen sense of smell, and certain scents will make them feel more comfortable than others. Their favorite toy, for example, could be the perfect comfort to help them get through their time at the vet. Or, if they don’t have any suitable toys, you could consider taking some treats with you to make them feel at ease. Giving them food will always help to make them happier. But, be careful, as dogs which are excited are prone to throwing up.

Hopefully, this post will give you a good idea of what can be done when you’re taking your dog to the vet. This sort of trip doesn’t have to be a nightmare. A lot of people struggle and stress over taking their pooch to see the doctor. But, in most cases, there is plenty to be done which can make your dog much happier.

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