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Making the trip to the veterinarian easier for yourself, your pet and the vet

Updated on August 12, 2013

By Michelle Liew

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When to bring your dog to the vet

A trip to the veterinarian can be an overwhelming experience for yourself and your pet. Some owners meet with defiant resistance when it comes time to make the trip.

Like trips to the doctors for us, visits to the vet can be traumatic occasions for your pet, which may seem to want to do anything and everything to get out of one. Besides causing a knee jerk yowl or wriggle of discomfort on FiFi or Fido’s part, it brings problems to pet owners.

So why do our pets dislike the vet’s so much and what problems will new owners potentially face on their first trip to the vet?

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Why pets dislike visits to the veterinarian

In the same way as many of us hate going to the doctors, our pets’ peeves are the vets. New owners especially might wonder why their dogs put up so much resistance when their dogs are being brought to the veterinarian's, so here are some of the reasons for their discomfort.

Unfamiliar surroundings

Your pet faces unfamiliar surroundings when it goes to the veterinarian’s. A young pet which has never been to the veterinarian’s before might display signs of insecurity when it is brought to a new place like the vet’s, with unfamiliar sights, smells and potentially frightening medical procedures like injections.

This applies to older dogs too. My older dog, Misty, experienced this exact discomfort when I took her to the vet’s, which recently moved to a new location and building. Reflecting her fright, she pooped on the floor, to the chagrin of the others around.

Being in carriers

For many animals, a trip to the veterinarian means being enclosed in a carrier for some period of time.

For my young dog, Cloudy, me pulling the carrier down from its shelf in the storeroom means that she has to take a trip to somewhere she does not like, and it is usually to see the vet. You find her disappearing when it happens!

Negative experiences

Pets who have had negative experiences at the vets like the sting of an injection might try to escape from such trips when they can.

Cloudy, a hater of injections, put up a lot of resistance when I tried to bring her into the veterinarian’s clinic. She would not go through the door. Then I found that she associated it with injections and medicine - two of her pet peeves! Hence, I had to find a way to make her trip (and hence mine) easier.

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What problems might owners face when bringing their dogs to the vet?

Indeed, owners might face a few difficulties when bringing their pets to the vet. And they are not just related to a little resistance, though that is certainly one of them.

There is the difficulty of finding transport.

If one has a car, it is definitely not an issue. This pertains more to those who rely on public transportation.

Not all taxis will take passengers with animals in tow. I usually have to bring my dog to the vet in a taxi, so I sometimes find it difficult to get the support of cabbies who might find the smell of my dog offensive (dogs tend to have their “dog odor”) be afraid of pets shedding on seats or worse still, pooping on the mats.

I usually give the cab company a call before bringing my dog to the vet and let them know that I will need a cab, having a small dog in tow. The company usually helps me locate cabbies that are willing to take on passengers with dogs.

Ah...the beauty of carriers!

As I have mentioned, some animals, especially those not introduced to carriers tend to dislike being enclosed as much as we do. Unfortunately, a trip to the vet would require just this for the pet’s safety or because cabs will not take an animal not in a carrier.

The carrier would mean two things-restriction and a trip to the vets! It certainly does from my dogs, who understandably put up a little resistance when being put in them.

Time

Taking a pet to the vet would require time on the owners’ part, and with a busy schedule at work or home, that can pose a difficulty. Such a problem, though, can be worked around with a little effort!

Another consideration viz time is that some veterinarians might not offer 24 hour care when an animal is in distress. When my dog, Misty, had a seizure, the clinic nearby did not offer 24 hour care and I had to bring her to another hospital.

Distance

The nearest veterinarian might be some distance away, and this would mean a long ride, especially when a pet is really sick.

When first moving into a new area with your pet, it is always good to check it for nearby vets.

Finance

Bringing a pet to the vet will incur many costs, some of them more expensive that our own trips to doctors.

Weighing financial considerations before committing to a pet would be better than finding out about the costs that will be incurred and later abandoning it.

Joe, a shitzu whose owner puts him through weekly acupuncture so that he can walk after falling off a table. Amazingly, he can do so now.
Joe, a shitzu whose owner puts him through weekly acupuncture so that he can walk after falling off a table. Amazingly, he can do so now. | Source

When would my pet need immediate veterinary attention?

There are times, of course, when a trip to the vet is imperative. Here are examples of when it is necessary to take your pet for a visit.

Trauma

If your pet has sustained trauma from a fight, fall, wounds or accidents, it warrants immediate veterinary attention and there is no time to put it off. Head for the nearest vet that offers 24 hour care.

The dog has difficulty breathing

A dog or cat might suffer from dysprena or difficulty breathing. This shows itself in the form of wheezing, coughing or weak and raspy breathing that can lead to respiratory arrest.

This can be caused by a foreign body in the throat, pulmonary problems, an allergic reaction or heart disease. If you determine that a foreign body is lodged within the throat, do not attempt to take it out yourself. Bring it immediately to the vet for removal, for it would be lodged deeper if you try to extract it on your own.

Seizures

Seizures are surprisingly common occurrences in dogs. They can be caused by neurological problems but deserve their own heading. Signs include shaking, tremors and loss of consciousness. The most common cause of it is epilepsy.

Not every seizure is a medical emergency. If the dog just collapses for a while and gets back on track, there is no need to hurry off to the vet, but good to schedule an appointment as soon as possible.

Misty had a seizure when she collapsed in the toilet. She was rushed to emergency veterinary care at 4 a.m. in the morning, but the cause of her seizure is still pending further tests.

Dog vomiting and diarrhea

Vomiting and diarrhea can be signs of serious health issues, but many are the result of simple gastric upsets. Make sure that your dog has lots of water and if the diarrhea continues after more than a day, take your dog to the vet immediately.

A distended abdomen

If your dog has a distended or bloated tummy and seems to be in pain then a problem requiring medical attention is likely. It can be accompanied by retching, heaves, weakness, collapse and difficulty breathing. Bloat usually occurs in larger breeds of dogs.

The sooner it can be taken to the vet, the better the chances for a positive outcome.

Ocular problems

Eye problems in dogs tend to worsen faster than problems in other areas. They can result in blindness if not treated, especially glaucoma. SIgns include excessive tearing, swelling, squinting and pawing at the eye.

Dog urinary problems

If you notice your pet not producing urine see your vet as soon as possible. Urinary blockages can be life threatening and warrant immediate veterinary attention.

Dog whelping emergencies

If your dog goes into labor and you notice that more than four hours pass without puppies and more than 30 minutes elapse without puppies then she could be experiencing dystocia. Consult your vet for further advice.

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How to make trips to the vet easier

So there are times when a trip to a vet's is necessary. So when are they?

Have a positive attitude.

If you reflect that a trip to the vet is negative or troublesome, your pet picks up on your mood and will likely dislike it too. So try to put on an assuring, happy face.

The dreaded car trip

On occasion, an owner might find it hard to put their pets in cars. If your pet has only been in a car that results in an injection some other painful procedure, he cannot be blamed for disliking travel. Mix it up and take him on other road trips that end enjoyably. Then he will be less resistant to the car ride!

Make carriers comfortable.

To overcome carrier resistance, make them part of the household furniture and keep the door open. Leave treats in it. On occasion, your pet might be drawn to it for a nap and will associate it with something positive.

Scents

Synthetic pheromones mimic the smells animals create to calm themselves. This can be sprayed in the carrier or the car before a trip to the vet to create some form of comfort and familiarity. It will make the carrier more cosy.

Crutches!

No, I am not talking about the walking sort, but the chemical crutch of anxiety medication.This is to be used only if your pet really needs it and there is no other alternative. Some pets are really anxious and need more help than we can provide. Consult a vet to ask for appropriate medicine for your next visit. Be careful to ask about any possible side effects of the medication, which would warrant looking for another solution for bringing your pet to the vet.



Conclusion

A trip to the vet, with a little help, need not be a horrifying experience. Try making it easier for yourself, your pet and of course, the vet.

A special thank you to the writers who answered the question “Do you have challenges bringing your dog to the vet, and if you have, what are they?” There were insightful comments, so do check each of them out.

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      Michelle Liew 3 years ago from Singapore

      Thanks, Scarlett!

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      Peggy Hazelwood 3 years ago from Desert Southwest, U.S.A.

      What sage advice. It was always a challenge taking my cats to the vet.

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      Michelle Liew 3 years ago from Singapore

      Oh no!!!

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      ologsinquito 3 years ago from USA

      The last time our dog was at the vet, he was so upset that the vet remarked that his eyes were very red. She said this is similar to the reaction that people have when their face turns red, if they're under a lot of stress.

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      Michelle Liew 3 years ago from Singapore

      Thanks, Peg!!

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      Michelle Liew 3 years ago from Singapore

      Thanks, Cybershelly!

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      Peg Cole 3 years ago from Dallas, Texas

      They can really put up some resistance when it comes to the vet's visit. You've given some great tips on handling this difficult task. My dogs are quite large and unruly so I call the vet tech to come out to my car and help me unload them and get them into the office safely. It would be nice to be able to pick them up physically. Not likely.

      Congratulations on winning Hub of the Day for this informative and entertaining piece.

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      Shelley Watson 3 years ago

      Fabulous ideas that are marvellous for reducing the stress of a vet visit. I had to put my cat to sleep last week, we took the runt of the litter to give him a fighting chance , but 6 years later he had had enough. He was so ill, just the blanket to take him, the carrier wasn't needed. Great ideas for happier visits! Shelley

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      Michelle Liew 3 years ago from Singapore

      Thanks, Eddy!

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      Eiddwen 3 years ago from Wales

      A great hub Michelle which will benefit so many readers. Voting up and wishing you a great day.

      Eddy.

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      Michelle Liew 3 years ago from Singapore

      Gosh. Sounds like he's had it tough!

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      ologsinquito 3 years ago from USA

      Our dog came from a pound and there are certain things about him we cannot change at this point. One is fear of other dogs. Going to the vet is very difficult. During the last visit, the vet pointed out that his eyes were very red, which she noted was similar to a person who was terrified, and had a beet-red face. Great article.

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      Michelle Liew 4 years ago from Singapore

      Thanks, Crafty to the Core! Usually it is the bigger dogs which are a little more gentle. Thanks for sharing!

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      CraftytotheCore 4 years ago

      You write amazing Hubs and I love your presentation of them. The borders you choose are so cute. Your dog in the photos above is a doll!

      I have three dogs. The first one is easy going until we get to the vet. Then she whimpers until everyone pets her. She is a huge dog. So people find it hysterical! LOL The second one is a pit bull. He's afraid of his own shadow but wouldn't hurt anyone. He barks ferociously at the vet but really just wants to play. He's often misunderstood. The third one is a border collie. She is the "best" behaved at the vet, but she is an escape artist. I have a car harness for her and she escapes from it every time. I don't know how.

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      Michelle Liew 4 years ago from Singapore

      Thanks, GW223, glad you've found this useful!

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      GW223 4 years ago

      Thanks for posting! I had to take my dog to an animal dental care clinic just a couple of months ago in Colorado Springs when we found out he had some dental problems. Using these tips really helped him out; going to the vet has never been his favorite thing in the past. The vet's office (found at this site: http://www.pinecreekvet.com/service_dental.php) did a really great job with him too, and it turned out being a much more positive experience than any visit had before.

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      Michelle Liew 4 years ago from Singapore

      Thanks, DDE.

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      Devika Primić 4 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Great hub and definitely a helpful one too, most informative and to the point about Making the trip to the veterinarian easier for yourself, your pet and the vet, I once had to take my dog to the vet and wasn't very positive as the dog later but your tips here are so good to know of.

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      Michelle Liew 4 years ago from Singapore

      Thanks, Deb. Oopsy, looks like your current dog is really frightened of vets! You could try taking him there once in a while to familiarize himself with the place, without appointments. That makes him feel less intimidated by the place! Thanks for sharing!

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      Deborah Neyens 4 years ago from Iowa

      This is good information for pet owners. My old dog never minded a trip to the vet. She was so good when being checked over - would stand as still as a statue even when getting stitches removed. The dog I have now is another story entirely. When she was having her stitches removed after getting spayed, she was so terrified that she pooped all over the vet's table. That's why I smiled when I read about your dog pooping, too. : )

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      Michelle Liew 4 years ago from Singapore

      Thanks for sharing, Peggy!

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      Peggy Woods 4 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Our pets have always hated those trips to the vet. Makes a certain amount of sense. I don't like being poked and prodded and getting injections and either do they. Ha! I love the milk bone dividers you used in this hub and you have given some good advice. Congrats on receiving a HOTD award. Well deserved. Up votes, pinning and sharing.

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      Michelle Liew 4 years ago from Singapore

      Thnks, Denise! I think having extra hands will help. Thanks for sharing!

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      Denise Handlon 4 years ago from North Carolina

      What a useful hub, Michelle! I have to take Beauty for the dreaded annual exam and I hate making the trip alone. In fact, I made it for a time when my partner can drive her and my nephew help. She is a handful in the car-too much for me. I'd love to get her a doggie seat belt.

      Great info: UP/I/U Thanks for sharing and congratulations on the HOTD

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      Michelle Liew 4 years ago from Singapore

      You're welcome, Justice.

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      Justice285 4 years ago

      thx so much that i told her she said thanks so much

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      Michelle Liew 4 years ago from Singapore

      Yes, they certainly can...and to them it can be like a prison sentence. Thanks for sharing!

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      Michelle Liew 4 years ago from Singapore

      Good luck to your sister, Justice 85! Thanks for sharing!

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      truthfornow 4 years ago from New Orleans, LA

      Pets can sense they are going to the vet right away it seems. It can be traumatic for both pet and owner.

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      Justice285 4 years ago

      I love this idea can not wait to share it 2 my sister cause she wants to run and own a vet!

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      Michelle Liew 4 years ago from Singapore

      Thanks, Audrey

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      Audrey Howitt 4 years ago from California

      Great hub!

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      Michelle Liew 4 years ago from Singapore

      Thanks Pinkchic! Glad the pup and the vet make a good match!! It's hard otherwise!

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      Michelle Liew 4 years ago from Singapore

      Thanks, Leslie!

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      Sarah Carlsley 4 years ago from Minnesota

      Awesome hub, congrats on HOTD :) We thankfully don't have problems with our pup and the vet. She likes going there because she gets treats lol

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      Karen Silverman 4 years ago

      Michelle: AWESOME on HOTD!

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      Michelle Liew 4 years ago from Singapore

      Thanks, Glim!

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      Glimmer Twin Fan 4 years ago

      I love this hub and it is right on the money. Love your dog too! Congrats on HOTD Michelle. Pinned.

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      Michelle Liew 4 years ago from Singapore

      Cats are more vet tolerant than dogs, I'd say, Jackie, as a whole! Thanks for sharing!!

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      Jackie Lynnley 4 years ago from The Beautiful South

      A really thorough write! My cat doesn't like the toting but she is so good for the vets, I am always amazed. They stick things everywhere and push her down and pull her up and I always think she will tear them up or run like lightening but she never does! They really have a talent.

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      Michelle Liew 4 years ago from Singapore

      Thanks, pinto, for the affirmation and I appreciate that! I hope this helps all the pet owners out there. Thanks for sharing!

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      Michelle Liew 4 years ago from Singapore

      You're welcome indeed, panevino. I hope your dogs are keeping well!!

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      Michelle Liew 4 years ago from Singapore

      Hi Thelma! Hi to Angus too! I hope the spa relaxed him a bit somewhat...water therapy helps. Let him rest...and he's going to pick up! Thanks for sharing!

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      Michelle Liew 4 years ago from Singapore

      Thanks, Better Yourself! Yes, this write was targeted at those who really struggle with getting the dog there, because i definitely know the feeling! Thanks for sharing, Better Yourself!

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      Subhas 4 years ago from New Delhi, India

      You have given a whole wisdom to a subject all pet owners are perturbed with. The whole concept is conceptualized very well by you and I have become a fan short of your writing and will look forward you upcoming hubs.

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      Thelma Alberts 4 years ago from Germany

      Congrats on the hub of the day! I have just arrived from our vet with Angus, our dog. He feels sick since yesterday without vomiting and he just stayed on his bed the whole day without drinking and eating. Today I brought him to our vet (5 minutes from our Philippines home) riding a public tricycle. He was not scared or so, he just did not care where to go. Maybe because it´s in this vet clinic where I bring him for a spa treatment. Anyway, after having antibiotic and vitamin B complex injections, he feel a bit better. I hope he will be fine again tomorrow.

      Thanks for sharing this very useful and informative hub.

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      Better Yourself 4 years ago from North Carolina

      Great hub, Congrats on Hub of the Day! I have 4 dogs and they actually get excited about getting in the car and are pretty happy about being out and about until we get to the little exam room at the vet and then they look at me like 'When are we going home?' I only take 2 at a time to the vet to make it easier on me, it would be tough to manage all 4 dogs at once. Great info for pet owners who have a harder time with the vet experience!

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      Michelle Liew 4 years ago from Singapore

      Thanks, Tammy!

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      Michelle Liew 4 years ago from Singapore

      Oh yes, so do the dogs! I wish they didn't have to wear them, but would lick their wounds otherwise. Thanks for coming by, India!

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      Michelle Liew 4 years ago from Singapore

      Thanks, Mary!

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      Michelle Liew 4 years ago from Singapore

      That's true. It is difficult to control emotions, especially since bringing the dog there can be extremely tiring in the first place! Thanks for sharing, Healthylife!

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      Michelle Liew 4 years ago from Singapore

      Oh my! But I'm glad that there was the option of that available for alligator. Thanks for sharing, Vinaya.

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      Michelle Liew 4 years ago from Singapore

      That's true, Alexadry. Different animals react differently, just as we do. So the best way to get him used to it is as what Mary above has said....bring him there. Thanks for sharing!

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      Tammy 4 years ago from North Carolina

      Awesome hub! Congrats on your well deserved hub of the day. I was glad to see it was you.

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      India Arnold 4 years ago from Northern, California

      Congrats on you HOTD! Great information and I love the cone of shame image...man I hate those things!

      Cheers--

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      Mary Hyatt 4 years ago from Florida

      Just coming back to say congrats on your HOTD! It is truly well deserved.

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      Healthy Life 4 years ago from Connecticut, USA

      Excellent tips! I need to keep a positive attitude when I take my dog to the vet. I know he doesn't like it so I probably act upset which doesn't help. Congrats on Hub of the Day..excellent job!!

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      Vinaya Ghimire 4 years ago from Nepal

      Michelle,

      After the death of our Tibetan Apso, we have not reared any dogs. However, I still remember how much Alligator hated the Vet. His hatred was so extreme that usually we had to call vet for home service.

      Congrats for HOTD.

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      Adrienne Janet Farricelli 4 years ago from USA

      Great hub, voted up. In classes we used to create set ups of "pretend vet visits". However, I find that you can practice as much as you want, but it will never replicate the real thing of being at a vet's office. Congrats for being promoted Hub of the Day!

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      Michelle Liew 4 years ago from Singapore

      Thanks, Mark!

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      Michelle Liew 4 years ago from Singapore

      Thanks, Mark!

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      Michelle Liew 4 years ago from Singapore

      Thanks, Julie!!

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      Michelle Liew 4 years ago from Singapore

      Thanks, Gail!

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      Michelle Liew 4 years ago from Singapore

      Thanks, Jhamman!

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      Michelle Liew 4 years ago from Singapore

      Thanks, Victoria! I hope that your little cat gets used to the vet visits soon! Thanks for sharing!

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      Dr Mark 4 years ago from The Beach of Brazil

      Hi Michelle congratulations on HOTD for this useful and well-written article!

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      Jools99 4 years ago from North-East UK

      Michelle, great hub and I loved the photos. So useful! Well done on HOTD, well deserved!

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      Gail Meyers 4 years ago from United States

      These are great tips! Congratulations on having this hub chosen as the Hub of the Day! I also love the divider you used.

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      Jamie Lee Hamann 4 years ago from Reno NV

      What a great informative hub and congratulations on making the Hub of the Day! Jamie

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      Michelle Liew 4 years ago from Singapore

      Yes, indeed, newusedcarsscram. I certainly disliked it at first, and so did my dog, Hope it's helpful!

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      Michelle Liew 4 years ago from Singapore

      Hi Mary, that would be a good fo introduce the dog to the vet....he's going to be accustomed to the environment! The only thing is to check if the vet himself doesn't mind the added visit. Thanks for sharing!

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      Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      Great tips! My dog loves the car ride; he just hesitates when he recognizes the building. But he does okay. I have one cat who worries me. She yells all the way, pants, and I'm afraid she'll have a heart attack!

      Great hub. Congrats on HOTD!

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      Michelle Liew 4 years ago from Singapore

      Thanks, simplysmartmom!

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      Michelle Liew 4 years ago from Singapore

      Thanks, Julio.

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      Michelle Liew 4 years ago from Singapore

      Thanks, Meldz.

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      Michelle Liew 4 years ago from Singapore

      Thanks, Linda!

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      Michelle Liew 4 years ago from Singapore

      Thanks, Rebecca! Glad to share these experiences because I remember struggling to bring my own dog over to the vet. So It's really a task, I know! Thanks for sharing!

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      Michelle Liew 4 years ago from Singapore

      Sallybea, believe me, it's my 'pet' peeve too. Getting the transport and the dog into the carrier is already a task! Glad to bring back some memories of the big fellow there.

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      newusedcarssacram 4 years ago from Sacramento, CA, U.S.A

      Taking a pet to a vet, tough day for everyone. Thanks a lot for explaining the reasons behind their discomfort. All these tips you have shared are very helpful.

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      Mary Craig 4 years ago from New York

      First, congratulations on the HOTD, second, I'm so sorry I missed this for five days (writing apprenticeship hubs), third and foremost, this is great as all your hubs are! Lots of good and helpful information.

      I would like to add one more suggestion for dogs who are afraid of the vet. If you can, take them to the vet when they don't need anything. Just go and sit in the waiting room for ten minutes or so. Give them a treat when they get there ... this breaks the cycle of why they're at the vet!

      Voted up, useful, and interesting.

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      simplysmartmom 4 years ago from North Carolina

      Wonderful article - love the pictures! Congrats on the Hub of the Day!

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      Julio E Olmo Sr 4 years ago from Florida, USA

      Congratulations on your Hub of the Day!

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      ignugent17 4 years ago

      Wow! Hub of the day! Congratulations. :-)

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      Linda Bilyeu 4 years ago from Orlando, FL

      Congrats on your HOTD Michelle!!! Well deserved honor for this excellent and very useful hub!!

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      Rebecca Mealey 4 years ago from Northeastern Georgia, USA

      This is so helpful for us pet lovers. thanks so much for putting this together for us. It's very attractive and full of great tips.

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      Sally Gulbrandsen 4 years ago from Norfolk

      On a less serious note, it used to be me who used to dread going to the Vet. My dog would take me to Vet! From the minute he realised he was going he would climb into the car in delight, bark at every car or human as drove past, pull me in by the lead whilst he huffed, puffed, pulled and whined the whole distance. The vet was of the opinion that that he could only silence him by' castration' but unfortunately he said rather seriously, I can do nothing about his brain unless I give him a brain transplant' Thanks for making me remember my big fellow.

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      Ishwaryaa Dhandapani 4 years ago from Chennai, India

      A clearly written and well-formatted hub with helpful tips and vibrant photos. This engaging hub of yours will be extremely useful for many pet-owners. Congrats on getting the Hub of the Day award! Well-deserved. Way to go!

      Thanks for SHARING. Useful, Awesome & Interesting. Voted up

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      Michelle Liew 4 years ago from Singapore

      Sounds like little boy is probably a lot used to it, Natasha! He sounds like one cool dog. It must be the pain of injections too. I hope tomorrow goes smoothly!!

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      Michelle Liew 4 years ago from Singapore

      Hi Leslie! Thank you very much indeed! Say hi to Tiger for me. Yup, they do hate vet visits as we do the doctors! I hope that these help.

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      Michelle Liew 4 years ago from Singapore

      They fear vets as we do the doctors! Thanks for sharing, Mary, say hi to Baby from me and Cloudy.

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      Natasha 4 years ago from Hawaii

      My dogs have their annual tomorrow! The girl hates it. She walks in the office and she just starts stress shedding everywhere. She even stresses when the boy is getting checked out! Boy dog, who's actually had major surgery, seems far more relaxed about the experience. Maybe he realizes that a few shots aren't as bad as getting smashed by a car and the subsequent vet visits.

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      Karen Silverman 4 years ago

      'have a positive outlook' - that's my dilemma!

      I am very conscious of the fact that my stress transfers so easily to my soul-puppy - Tiger..

      she's owned me now for over 13 years - so our visits to the vet go fairly smoothly - altho, she makes it VERY clear she'd prefer to be elsewhere (like the puppy park, perhaps..lol)..

      she's on pills for her arthritis, and we have to have her liver tested via a blood test every 3 months, soooooooo...

      we're always 'due'...OY..

      love the suggestions, Michelle, and - your dog is GORGEOUS - i see nothing but heart!

      up and hub-sharing..

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      Mary Hyatt 4 years ago from Florida

      My Schnauzer, Baby, gets all excited to hop in the car and go "bye-bye" until I pull up at the Vet's office. Her whole demeanor changes!

      Very informative Hub. I voted it UP, and will share.

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      Michelle Liew 4 years ago from Singapore

      This is true! Pets have long memories, so the first experience has to be as positive as possible. Thanks for sharing!!

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      Michelle Liew 4 years ago from Singapore

      Thanks, Bill.

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      Michelle Liew 4 years ago from Singapore

      Thanks, Jo! You and the doggies have a great one too!

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      Michelle Liew 4 years ago from Singapore

      It is certainly a little sad when these animals do not understand that it is good for them. Thanks for sharing, Travmaj.

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      Michelle Liew 4 years ago from Singapore

      Thanks, Dianna. I hope it helps.

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      Dianna Mendez 4 years ago

      Having the right carrier is important and I am glad that you mentioned this in your post. Great advice and well researched.

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      Janine Huldie 4 years ago from New York, New York

      Sorry, I totally missed this one earlier Michelle, but truly a great article on how to make a vet trip a bit easier on your pet, plus yourself. Have voted up and shared, of course too!!