Taking your pet to the vet is no fun, or easy, task. But regular visits, even when your furry friend isn't sick, are crucial for the animal's health. Here, Victoria Stilwell, world-renowned pet trainer and star of Animal Planet's TV series It's Me or the Dog, offers tips on how to make the experience less stressful for your pet - and yourself.
Give your pet a treat1. Handle With Care
Dogs and cats have sensitive areas on their bodies, especially their ears, paws and tummies, which is why pets need to get accustomed to being handled. Try giving your pet a treat or toy while picking up its paw. Repeat this a few times. You want your pet to develop a positive association with being handled, making it easier for the vet to examine the animal, Stilwell says.
2. Create a Cozy Crate
Pet owners often make the mistake of pulling out a crate or carrier only when it's time to go to the vet, which can terrify animals. The solution? Encourage your pet to spend time in its carrier even if you aren'tRead More »from 9 Ways to Make Vet Visits Easier