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At Spencerport Country Veterinarian we want your dogs and cats to feel comfortable coming into our clinic.
We understand many pets are very anxious and stresses about visiting the vet, but we believe it doesn't always have to be this way.
Below are some tips we think can help your pet have a Fear Free visit to Spencerport Country Veterinarian and for more information to help you at home visit:
Ideas to helping your kitty have a Fear Free Visit:
Use a soft sided carrier, it can be more comfortable for your cat and can also double as a cat bed in your home. Carriers with a zipper on top is also very helpful for both loading and unloading. Before your next appointment, lease the carrier out as much as possible so your cat gets use to it and doesn't only associate the carrier with going to the vet. If your cat likes treats or cat nip try putting those in the carrier prior to visits as well.
Spraying Feliway on a towel and putting that in the carrier can be very helpful as well. Feliway is a synthetic cat pheromone that helps to reduce stress and anxiety in our furry feline friends. Please be sure not to spray Feliway directly on your cat. It is also a good idea to cover your cat's carrier on the car ride, the added security of being covered can help greatly with anxiety.
Prescription sedatives are also an option for most cats. Please speak with your veterinarian to see if this is an appropriate option for your cat.
Ideas for helping your dog have a Fear Free visit:
Consider withholding your dog's favorite treat prior to your visit, that way your dog will be much more likely to take treats at our office and have a good experience. If your dog is on a limited ingredient diet feel free to bring these specific treays with you.
Acclimate your pet at home to wearing a basket muzzle or e-collar if these things have been useful or needed during past visits.
Prescription sedatives are also an option for most dogs. Please speak with your veterinarian to see if this is an appropriate option for your dog.