Sometimes a pet needs to be in a holding area at the vet clinic or needs to recuperate from surgery in a confined area..

If your pet is used to being in a kennel or crate, a trip to the vet will be less stressful and there are other benefits:

  • Enclosed spaces create a shelter for your dog to rest and relax
  • Crate training can help house break puppies
  • Crates help dogs learn to self-soothe or deal with their anxiety
  • Crates make it easier to safely transport your pet by car or by air
  • Make sure your dog is not left in a crate longer than they can comfortably manage their bathroom needs.
  • Allow for plenty of exercise or a walk if your dog has been crated for a long period of time.

  • Car sickness can be due to stress/ heat.   Open a window.  Many dogs will outgrow car sickness as their young system ages.
  • There are medications for car sickness and/ or anxiety if necessary.
  • Entice your dog to the parked car with high value treats.
  • Once your dog is in the car, let them 'look around' for a minute.  Offer treats and praises.
  • When your dog becomes comfortable, start the car.  Treat and praise your dog once again.
  • In order to safely travel in a car, your dog should be secured in a pet car seat, harnessed to a seatbelt tether, or in a secured crate.
  • Traveling secured in the backset is safest.  Seats with air bags are not safe for our pets.
  • Distract with a good chew during the ride so that your dog does not try to chew any restraints.

If it’s at all possible, stop by your vet’s office ahead of time to help your pup become familiar with the scents, sounds, people and other animals.

  • Exude a calm demeanor.  Keep your pet on a leash.
  • Let your dog take a walk outside and use the bathroom if needed
  • Some dogs and cats do well with an anxiety aid.  There are several varieties available over the counter to help reduce stress.
  • Be prepared with a list of symptoms/ questions to discuss with the doctor.  This will help you be less stressed and your pet will pick up on that.
  • If your dog is able, a good walk/ exercise before the appointment can help release some pent up energy ahead of time.
  • Bring your pet's favorite treats and reward them when they are showing calm behaviors.
  • If a busy lobby is too much for your pet, check in by phone and see if you can wait in your car or walk outside.

  • Exude a calm demeanor.  Keep your pet on a leash.
  • If possible, allow your pet to take a look/ sniff around the exam room.
  • Continue with positive reinforcement.
  • Try not to 'corner' your pet in the room.
  • Stand in front of your pet while allowing technician and veterinarian to hold or handle.