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Relieve Your Pet's "Vet Visit" Stress

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Geppetto looked much happier at the vet when I brought his favorite ball with me. Bringing your pet's favorite toy to the vet next time may help him (and even you) cope with stress. (Daniela Caride photo)

 RELIEVE YOUR PET'S VET VISIT STRESS

Orignally posted by Daniela Caride of www.taildom. com

Taking our pets to the vet can be so stressful to all — our beloved pet may be sick, we want to know what's going on, we hope for it to be something insignificant and quick to resolve, and our pets don't like to be poked and prodded, especially when they're not feeling well.

Each of my babies show me how much they abhor going to the vet in their own ways. It's nothing personal. Our vet is awesome and the vet techs are also very loving. But my pets would rather be home than at a place where they always get poked with thermometers and needles. My Gray tabby cat Gaijin has a temper tantrum and screams every time the vet touches her. Our Saint Bernard Lola stares at the door, waiting for the right opportunity to bolt. Our Berner Frieda starts jumping on everyone out of nervousness.

But last time I took our Berner Geppetto to the vet, I learned a fine trick that made things much easier. I brought his favorite toy with me and gave it to him when we entered the exam room. Instead of checking the door every five seconds to see when he could go back home, Geppetto gladly took the ball and began chewing on it voraciously (like always), relieving his stress on the ball. He looked so relaxed after that!

So, if your pet has a favorite toy or blanket — anything that calms him down or that he really loves — I'd totally recommend you try to bring it with you next time you have to go to the vet. You can also try bringing his favorite treats, but that technique totally failed with my crew. Our dogs eat a cookie in a millisecond and then they're ready to leave. And our cats wouldn't open their mouths for the best tuna in the world at the vet.

The toy strategy worked like a charm with Geppetto, and I'll keep on repeating it with our other pets. Even I felt much more relaxed by watching him have a good time with his ball. :-)

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