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My pet hates the vet. How can I make it better?

Putting off a visit to the vet may seem like an easier option at the time, but it could leave your pet with serious health issues that may become complicated to treat. Dr Alpha Au from Greencross Vets  Coogee-Maroubra says she has seen lots of pets that have become extremely sick because their owners haven't wanted to go through the stress of a visit to the vet.
“We know bringing your pet to us can be stressful or difficult. But we can't help if we don't know,” she says.
“Simply pick up the phone and we can tailor an individual solution for you and your pet.”


Cats are sensitive creatures, easily disturbed by sudden change. For a gentle journey , here are Dr Au's top suggestions:
  • Leave the carrier open at home for a few days prior to the visit
  • Wrapping your cat in a towel can make it easier to get your cat into the carrier
  • Feliway spray the carrier prior to putting your cat in to alleviate stress
  • Place a towel over the carrier to relax your cat
  • Place the carrier in the waiting room away from dogs and facing away from other cats
  • Bring some treats like Greenies to reward good behaviour
  • If it's all too much, have a cup of tea and call your vet to reschedule your appointment. In some cases Greencross Vets can do house calls.


Dr Au advises to make minimum fuss when you're about to visit the vet, as your dog is an expert at reading your emotional signals:
  • If you're nervous or anxious, your dog will pick up on that. Act like you're driving to the dog park instead
  • Don't travel on a full stomach. If your dog always gets car sick, speak to your vet for help resolving the problem
  • Bring treats for positive reinforcement
  • If you're passing your vet during a walk, drop in and say hi. The more your dog gets to know the nurses and vets, the less stressful it will be for medical visits.

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