How to prepare your pet for a visit to the vet

A trip to the vet is an important part of your pet’s wellbeing. The following tips can hopefully help you best prepare yourself and your furry friend for your next visit.

  1. Hungry is good! If appropriate, reduce the amount of food your pet eats before your visit. This can help prevent nausea whilst traveling in the car and make our treats look more appealing.
  2. Treats! Bring lots of their favourites as it is better to have too many than not enough.
  3. Favourite toys. Bring some familiar items that your pet likes to help them relax.
  4. A towel, shirt or blanket sprayed with a species-specific calming pheromone such as Adaptil or Feliway: This can encourage relaxation. Make sure you allow these sprays to dry for 10-15 minutes before exposing your pet to the sprayed item.
  5. Make sure your pet is acclimatised to a carrier, crate or seatbelt harness and is not stressed when faced with these items.
  6. Allow plenty of time to avoid feeling rushed! If you are stressed, your pet will be too!
  7. Provide your pet the opportunity to relieve himself prior to leaving home. Nothing escalates stress more than being confined in a strange place and needing to go to the bathroom!
  8. If the vet has prescribed any anti-nausea or anti-anxiety medications, make sure to give them as prescribed before a check up. Talk to our team if you think anti-nausea or anti-anxiety drugs might help your pet have a more pleasant visit.

We hope these tips help you and your pet arrive in peace!