|Written by Thomas Conroy|
Introduction: A trip to the vet can be a frightening experience for a dog that is not used to it, but they are ways to prepare a frightened dog for a vet visit that will make the appointment less stressful.
Step 1: At home, prepare your dog for a vet visit by getting it used to being touched on every location on it's body. In this way your dog won't freak out at the vet's office.
Step 2: You can prepare a frightened dog for a vet visit by getting the animal used to encountering people of all races and sizes - this is most easily accomplished by taking your dogs to social activities.
Step 3: Once at the vet's office, take your dog for a walk before entering to allow it to burn off a bit of anxiety and to relieve itself.
Step 4: Inside of the vet's office, you can prepare a frightened dog by reassuring it by petting it and showing it affection.
Step 5: Remain calm - it a pet owner flips out and is stressed, then chances are the dog will think there is reason for concern.
Tips: Arrive at the vet's office early and spend time with your dog the morning of the appointment before leaving home.
Warnings: Frightened dogs can bite - be careful!