In our practice, we strive to give your pet a fear free experience. Anxiety can have negative effects on an already sick pet. Therefore, it is important to read the following steps to see how you can help to reduce your pet’s stress.
1 Be as relaxed as possible. Pets are very sensitive and will pick up on your increased stress levels.
2 Make the visit as pleasurable as possible. Prepare your pet in advance by teaching him to walk on the lead or travel in the carrier.
3 Tell the veterinarian in advance about the fearfulness of your pet or about prior unpleasant experiences.
4 Fear results in the release of stress hormones by the nervous system. These hormone results in more oxygen and energy to be made available for movement and less for e.g. digestion, growth, immune system. When you pet is stressed he will remember a fearful experience much longer.
5 Long term stress can have large effects on the various body systems. It can result in fatigue, gastrointestinal diseases, suppressed immune function, hypertension and decreased growth.
6 We may stop a consultation when your pet is highly fearful. We do not want to pressure the animal to have to show more aggressive behaviours as a result of us not listening to his signs of anxiety in the first place.
7 The consultation can be rescheduled so your pet can return less fearful. Even medication can be added to decrease your pets anxiety and even make his visit fun.
Please contact us for more information about how to have a stress free visit to our veterinary clinic.