3 Tips for Keeping Your Animal Calm and Behaved at the Animal Hospital

Posted on: 12 November 2015

When you take your pet into the animal hospital for one reason or another, it is important that you keep them as calm and as well-behaved as possible. Chances are many of the animals in the hospital are also feeling nervous and on edge, so each animal owner that controls their pet is helping out a great deal. This article will discuss 3 tips for keeping your animal calm and behaved at the animal hospital. 

Have Your Pet Constrained In Some Way

No matter what type of animal you have, it is a good idea to keep it constrained in one way or another. This simply helps you to have more control over your animal and can protect it from other animals in the animal hospital. You can bring your pet into the animal hospital in its crate if it is small enough to carry, or you can keep it on a leash attached to its collar or harness. If your animal has somewhat of an aggressive temperament, it may be a good idea to take one more precautionary step and have it muzzled both while in the waiting area and while the vet is examining it. 

Bring Its Favorite Toys and Treats 

While in the waiting area or during the examination, your animal may become very nervous. To help calm it, you can bring along some of its favorite toys and treats. This will help your pet to feel more at ease in the waiting room because it will be given some familiar items in a very unfamiliar situation. It may also be having some aggression issues with some of the other animals in the hospital, and the toys or treats may be able to distract them so they don't notice the other animals around them quite as much and don't feel the need to claim their territory. 

Avoid or Be Prepared for Situations That Upset Your Pet

If you know that your animal misbehaves or becomes more fearful in certain situations, it is a good idea to avoid these situations, if at all possible, or at the very least try to prepare for them. For example, if being next to another animal really puts your pet on edge, sit in a vacant area of the waiting room. Or, if you know that your animal is likely to have an accident when it is nervous, keep it in their crate with a puppy pad or some other type of material to absorb the urine or feces and avoid a mess in a waiting room. You know your animal best, so it is up to you to watch for its signals and prepare for potential problems. 

For further tips, contact a representative from a facility like the Howard County Animal Hospital.


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