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Veterinary appointment: So that everything goes well!

 The veterinary appointment can be a stressful time for the dog as well as for the owner. A dog's stress is often due to the first vet appointment he had when he was still a puppy. It was during this first visit that he received his first vaccination injection as well as his microchip. These two actions can be painful and the dog will remember this trauma. In addition, an anxious master can transmit this feeling to his dog. Here are some tips to make visiting the vet less stressful.

Veterinary appointment: So that everything goes well!


Veterinary appointment: Getting your dog used to handling 

As soon as you acquire your dog or puppy, it is advisable to teach him how to be handled it. This can be done during cuddling moments or during brushing. It is a question of making this kind of contact positive, by encouraging the dog by voice and giving him some treats. It is a moment of sharing which must always be pleasant for the dog or the puppy. This is why caresses or brushing should be stopped if he becomes impatient after a few minutes. We'll start again when he's calm. An unaccustomed dog will not accept being handled by an unknown person. This will inevitably cause problems during visits to the veterinarian.


Use and teach medical training to your dog 

We can consider medical training before the visit to the veterinarian. It is a method much used in zoos with wild animals. This technique consists of caring for the animal only with its consent. The animal is taught to remain motionless in a posture that allows care. We stop the reward if he leaves the posture but the manipulations stop. In this way, the animal learns that when it no longer wishes to be manipulated, the manipulations cease. When he accepts them, he has encouragement through the reward. This learning is done upstream when the animal does not suffer any injury. With medical training, it is possible to treat all animals, even the most inaccessible. Some veterinarians practice medical training during consultations,


Choose the right veterinarian before the visit

Choosing the right veterinarian before the visit is an important step. You need to choose one that will contact your dog gently. If your dog is uncomfortable with a veterinarian, I advise you to change to see if the agreement is better with someone else. For example, some dogs will prefer interactions with women rather than men. It is therefore important to have confidence in your veterinarian, no brutality on his part towards your dog should be tolerated. Sometimes it's better to go a few more miles to find a veterinarian we trust.


Last word 

On the day of your veterinary appointment with your dog, try not to transmit your stress to him. If necessary, plan a natural medication a few days before the appointment. This may involve administering homeopathy or using Bach flowers. These treatments can be taken by your dog as well as yourself.

We also recommend training at home to teach him handling. You can act out potential problems, such as grooming his paw or ears. To help you, you can use lick mats to occupy your dog while you are handling him. In this way, the manipulation sessions will be more pleasant for him.

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