By Connie Orcutt • Published: March 1st, 2014
Category: Animal Airwaves

You do all you can to ensure your dog’s health and happiness. So wouldn’t it be great if your canine companion thought it was fun to see the veterinarian? Here are some ways veterinarians help ease the vet stress your pooch may be feeling.

Some veterinarians carry treats in their pockets as offerings to healthy dogs. Treats also work wonders when getting puppies used to handling. This is especially important during the critical socialization period when a pup is under 4 months of age.

Veterinary procedures can also be adapted for canine comfort. Smaller needles might be used for injections or distraction tactics deployed during shots. For any procedure that is potentially more painful, your veterinarian might suggest your dog be sedated. That will also help avoid negative memories from the clinic visit too.

The key is creating a pet-centric practice.