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Trip to the vet: what you must know

What are the most important things every pet owner should know when taking their dog to the veterin…
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What to expect at the vet?

Before leaving home, you should know what to expect when taking your pet to the veterinarian. You never know what will happen next and it’s important that you’re prepared for anything that might come up during your visit. If your pet is sick or injured, here are a few steps you can take:

* Evaluate the situation

* Call ahead – call the clinic and alert them of your emergency so they can prepare for you.

* Keep calm – help more than hurts!

Preparing your pet for a visit

If possible, get your pet used to visiting the clinic before their actual appointment. Here are some helpful tips on how to do so:

1) Make visits fun by offering treats or letting your pet sniff around the clinic.

2) Don’t drag your pet to the vet – it will make them more difficult and they may associate going to the vet with a negative experience.

3) Make sure your pet is healthy before you visit the veterinary clinic.

4) Take along their favourite blanket, toys or food dish if possible. These will help keep them calm since familiar objects are comforting to pets.

What to bring with you to the vet?

Leash, collar, food dish, water bowl Before going inside, bring all your pet’s supplies inside with you so that nothing gets lost in an overwhelming environment full of other people and pets. If you have a sick or injured animal, there’s no need for getting them as worked up as possible. Here are a few more tips on what to bring:

* Their favourite blanket or toy, food dish and/or water bowl.

* A leash (in case you need to pick them up)

* Collar (in case they escape!)

What happens during an exam and vaccinations?

When your pet first arrives at the clinic, there’s usually some paperwork to fill out for their records. You will also be given instructions about how often your pet should visit the vet, whether or not they should be spayed or neutered and if there are any vaccinations that you can give them yourself back at home. If these vaccines are already included in their regular vaccination plan, great! If not, then make sure to ask the vet about when you should schedule your pet’s next visit.

The importance of spaying and neutering pets

Spaying and neutering pets is a very important part of their overall health. Here are a few examples of what happens to dogs and cats when they’re not spayed or neutered:

1) Cats that aren’t fixed will usually wander away from home in hopes of finding a mate, which can lead them into dangerous situations

2) Unneutered male dogs often become aggressive with other male dogs, marking their territories with urine or causing fights. When this happens, the dog could be euthanized if it’s too aggressive to be controlled by animal control.

3) female dogs have a higher risk of developing mammary cancer and uterine infections if they’re not fixed.

The benefits of a regular vet visit

Keeping your pets healthy will not only ensure that you have a great bond with them, but it also saves you money in the long run from fewer emergency visits! Here are some examples of what you can do to keep your pet as healthy as possible:

* If you have dogs, take them for walks regularly so they don’t develop diseases linked to obesity such as arthritis or diabetes.

* Keep up with vaccinations – follow your veterinarian’s instructions on how often to give each vaccine.

Things you should never do when taking your pet to the vet

  1. Never try to carry your pet into the vet by yourself – you could injure them or put too much pressure on their spine. It’s best to wait for someone to help you so you don’t risk hurting them.

2) Don’t feed your pet right before the visit since it makes them more difficult, especially if they’re not hungry.

3) Keep children at home if possible, since they are likely to be scared of the surrounding environment and may interfere with what happens during the exam.

4) Take all belongings out of the carriers before entering the clinic because pets have been known to escape this way!

5) If your pet appears injured, take along a muzzle – just in case!

6) If you want to keep them as relaxed as possible, don’t take them out into the waiting room (because of other people and pets) and instead ask if you can wait in a private room to avoid startling your pet. Steps to take if your pet is injured or sick

7) If they’ve been hit by a car or fallen off a roof, keep them as calm as possible and make sure not to remove anything that’s stuck on their body such as glass shards or stick thorns.

8) Call your veterinarian immediately for advice on how to deal with the injury since every case is different!

9) For minor injuries, you may want to take them to an after-hours clinic depending on their severity.

10) If your pet is vomiting or has diarrhea, you can give them some of their favourite food (if they’re not already eating it).

11) Find out if your local animal shelter offers first aid training courses – many do!

We hope that this blog post has provided you with some helpful information about your pet’s vet trip. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to reach out!

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