Victorious Vet Visits

Veterinarian listening to puppy's heartbeat

The veterinarian we choose should be considered a ‘partner’ in care. We’re responsible for making sure that clinic staff can safely handle our dog without risk of being bitten. It’s up to us to ensure our dog is comfortable at the vet and can tolerate routine check-ups.

The stress surrounding a waiting room can be reduced by some simple work. A robust socialisation and handling strategy is key with a puppy. This should start with the breeder or foster family and carry on with you. Doing this gives your dog a sizable life-long advantage.

Be sure that you have plenty of delicious treats for your puppy when visiting the clinic. You puppy should be getting treats throughout the visit. Starting when you enter the clinic. Then carry on during the exam. On the table and once off the table. Try tossing some treats onto the scale for fun. You want a dog that is happy to climb on for weigh-in time.

Non-Treatment Social Visits

To prevent negative associations with the vet be sure and get into the clinic for strictly social visits with your puppy.  Non treatment visits will help when done a handful of times as your dog matures. Let your dog receive treats from the reception staff. Play a quick game of tug and then off you go. Keep it short and fun.

Fear-Free Vet Visit is an excellent initiative that was created by Doctor Marty Becker.  For some tips on fear free vet visits you can watch this short video by Doctor Becker.

Thank you to Dr. Paul McCutcheon and his staff of East York Animal Clinic & Holistic Centre in allowing us to photograph Fen’s vet clinic visit. Dr. McCutcheon was operating a Fear-Free clinic long before it became popular to do so.

3 thoughts on “Victorious Vet Visits

  1. Mary Nielsen

    I couldn’t agree more! The veterinarian is like a second dog mom/dad because they are there for purpose of loving and healing your dog. They are the only ones who can help your dog in case of any serious problems and are there to advise you to prevent any health issues.

    Being a veterinarian is truly a noble thing and I am happy to have a great vet as a friend and as a part of my doggie pack! 🙂

  2. Lillian Schaeffer

    I like how you suggested bringing treats for your puppy when visiting the vet. My husband and I recently got a dog, and he’s usually pretty nervous in new places and situations. I need to take him to the vet, and I want him to feel comfortable, so maybe it would be a good idea to bring treats a long to keep him relaxed and happy.

    1. Peg

      Congratulations on your new pup! That’s great that you are taking into account what your dog needs when going to the vet. You can also consider bringing a tug toy to play a quick game of tug. Played with rules, it’s very theraputic to dogs and allows them to blow off a bit of steam – here’s more on that topic: http://www.ultimatepuppy.com/2016/03/the-push-pull-of-tug/ Good luck.

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