Last week, I took Alex to the vet so she can get some vaccines and since I know my girl gets very stressed out every time we go I decided to approach this visit a little different than usual.
This is how Alex and I approached this vet’s visit:
- I asked for the first appointment at 9am as to minimize the amount of barking dogs Alex would be able to hear
- I gave her breakfast after the vet visit was done. Some dogs toss their cookies when they are fed and not long after that are exposed to too much excitement, stimulus, people, etc.
- Once we got to the vet’s office, I parked my clunker and took her for a 1/2 hr. walk. This helped decrease some of her anxiety
- Before the vet saw Alex, she got on a scale to get her weight. I used treats and training commands such as, sit, stay, wait to get her to stay on the scale
- Once the vet and vet tech came in, I saw that Alex was anxious so I started by getting her attention by calling her name and giving her treats
I was really surprised and quite pleased with our last vet visit because although she showed signs of being stressed, they were on a lower scale, and it was easier for the vet and her vet tech to do their job.
Once we got home, I took her to the back, our deck, brushed and wiped her, and after that she went straight to her bed while I was making breakfast. Cynthia took the above and below pictures a couple of minutes after Alex went to bed.
Something else that surprised me was that she ate a big breakfast: chicken soup, 1/2 cup, and kibble, 1 cup. For Alex, my picky girl, that is a lot, but she ate everything. All our previous visits to the vet were followed by Alex eating very little if nothing at all. What did my girl do after having such a big breakfast? She went back to bed. Lights out moms.