Pets Choice Veterinary Hospital





Maise has been visiting us regularly. Every time she has an appointment, her owner is unsure whether they will be able to bring her in because she is so terrified! Before her last visit, Maise's owner picked up a Calming Kit for Cats. We also had the iCalm Cat music playing and offered special treats. Her owner said she had no problem getting her into the crate and she even let us pet her at the appointment. Maise's visit wasminimally stressful for both her and her owner!


For the Pets that are Terrified to Visit the Vet


Cats

MOST cats would benefit from some anti-anxiety medication prior to their veterinary visit. Hissing, shivering, freezing, and refusing to exit the crate are all signs of fear. Call 747-3788 if you would like to pick up a Calming Kit for Cats to reduce the stress of your cat's visit. The entire kit is under $10.


Included in the Calming Kit for Cats:

  • Feliway Wipe: Wipe the inside of your cats kennel with the Feliway wipe and let dry just before transporting. The calming pheromones last several hours.
  • Composure Pro: One dose has been included. Composure is a natural calming remedy. Feed to your cat the morning of its visit. It should taste like a treat.
  • Medication: The single dose of an appropriate medication should be given 90 minutes before the appointment. Open the capsule and hide it in a small amount of delicious canned food. Be sure to skip one or two meals! This will encourage your cat to take the medication, and later take treats at the veterinary visit. The medication is very safe and does not interfere with anesthesia.
  • Forti Flora: This probiotic is included to enhance the flavor of your cat's food and help disguise the taste of the medication.

Other Fear Free remedies you can do:

  • See our page on "What You Can Do Before Your Visit."
  • Make sure your cat is hungry...if she does not like treats, bring in her food.
  • Put a Thundershirt on your cat before leaving home. They can be purchased at Pet's Choice.

Dogs

Some dogs would benefit from anxiety medication before visiting the vet. Shaking, growling, not taking treats, hiding, and refusing to walk in the building are all signs of fear in a dog. Call 747-3788 if you would like to pick up a Calming Kit for Dogs to reduce the stress of your dog's visit. The entire kit is under $10, no matter the size of your dog.


Included in the Calming Kit for Dogs:

  • Medication: You will receive one dose of pills to be given TWO HOURS before the appointment. Place the pills in a Pill Pocket, hot dog, or cheese. The medication is very safe and does not interfere with anesthesia. It is normal for your dog to be a little sleepy, especially after the appointment.
  • Composure Pro: Included is one dose of "Composure Pro," a natural calming chew.
  • Adaptil Wipe: Wipe your dog's collar with the included Adaptil Wipe. The pheromones are similar to those released when a puppy nurses.


Don't forget to practice these other Fear Free remedies:

  • See our page on "What You Can Do Before You Visit."
  • Be sure that your dog is hungry! This is especially important for picky, anxious dogs. You are welcome to bring your dog's meal or special treats. Remember, our ability to give your pet treats will significantly reduce your pet's fear at the veterinary visit.
  • Place a Thundershirt on your dog before traveling to the vet.
  • Take your dog for a long hike before giving any of the medication.