Does your canine pal jump for joy when he knows he’s going to the doctor? We’re guessing probably not. While Fido is definitely much more enthusiastic about car rides than Fluffy is, he’d probably still much rather be taking another nap. We understand that animal clinics can be a bit overwhelming to dogs. There’s a lot of strange smells, including the scents of other nervous pets, some of whom are sick or hurt. We do everything we can to make trips easy on our furry pals. However, there are also some things that you can do. A Burlington, ON vet offers tips on taking your pooch to the vet in this article.
Before bringing Fido in for his appointment, take him for a walk around the block, or play with him a bit. Dogs are always calmer after they’ve burned off their excess energy.
You should always have your furry friend crated for travel. It’s much safer for both of you! Add comfy bedding to the crate to make it more welcoming. You can also give Fido toys and treats near it, so he forms a ‘pawsitive’ impression about being crated.
Don’t wait until your four-legged friend is sick to take him to his doctor! Regular exams will let you track even minor changes in Fido’s health. This means many issues can be caught early, which is always beneficial. Plus, your furry buddy will just generally be happier and more comfortable if he’s current on vaccinations and parasite control. Ask your vet for more information.
Fido can’t tell you if he isn’t feeling well, so it’s important for you to watch for warning signs that something is wrong. Some common ones are vomiting, diarrhea, reduced appetite, respiratory issues, grouchiness, reduced interest in play, withdrawal, reduced energy, and fever. Call your vet immediately if you notice any of these issues. The sooner we can diagnose and treat a medical issue, the better!
Your canine companion’s needs will depend on his age, weight, breed, and health. They will also change over time. Don’t be afraid to ask for tips on Fido’s care needs. That’s what we’re here for!
Please contact us, your Burlington, ON pet clinic, for all of your pup’s veterinary care needs. We’re here to help!