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Is your cat shy? Follow these steps to make vet visits easier.

If it’s been a year or more since your cat had a check-up, it’s time to get her to the vet.  Here are some tips* to make the veterinary visits more pleasant for you and your cat:

  • Start with a carrier that is easy to take your cat in and out of (top-loading carriers work best.)
  • Help your cat be more comfortable in the car by using the carrier and taking shorter rides to places other than the veterinary clinic.
  • Avoid feeding your cat for several hours before riding in the car (cats travel better on an empty stomach.)
  • Bring your cat’s favorite treats and toys with you to the veterinary clinic.
  • Practice regular care routines at home, like grooming, nail trimming and teeth brushing.
  • Pretend to do routine veterinary procedures with your cat, like touching the cat’s face, ears, feet and tail.
  • Give your cat and the veterinary healthcare team a chance to interact in a less stressful situation by taking your cat to the clinic for a weight check, rather than only for exams and procedures.

BONUS: Check out these products specially designed to help calm your stressed-out pet during vet visits, car rides, and thunderstorms.    

Feliway

HomeoPet Anxiety Relief

Thundershirt

*These tips are available at our office in the Pet Owner Guide “Have We Seen Your Cat Lately?” from BI Vetmedica.

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This article was originally published on June 20, 2011. 

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     Hi all!  The rain we’ve been praying for finally arrived last night, with plenty of Hollywood special effects like realistic-sounding thunder and bolts of lightning.  Of course, we all know that thunder is merely the sound of angels bowling and lightning is nothing more than God taking our picture with a flash camera.  Apparently, He likes photographing us while we’re sopping wet.   

     Jokes aside, storms are serious business for people whose dogs panic during thunder and lightning.  A client once told us his dog crashed through a plate glass window in a frenzy during an electrical storm.  What can you do if your pet has a storm phobia?

Sedate him

     In extreme cases, a dog may need to be given a sedative as the storm is approaching, so the pet is less likely to cause harm to itself.  Sedatives are dispensed by the veterinarian after an examination to determine if the pet is healthy enough for medication.

Calm him naturally

     HomeoPet Anxiety TFLN (Thunderstorms, Fireworks, Loud Noise) is a natural anti-anxiety product which does not cause sedation.  HomeoPet touts its product as safe and easy to use.  It is a liquid which can be administered in the food or directly into the mouth.

Swaddle him

     Perhaps the most intriguing idea I’ve found is the Storm Defender Cape.  The cape (indoor use only) reduces the pet’s sensitivity to the static charge which builds up in the air during electrical storms and heat lightning.  I would love to hear from anyone whose pet has worn this cape.  How well did it work?  If you’d like to be the first to try, visit www.stormdefender.com.

More Tips

     Dr. Patty Khuly has more advice for calming storm-phobic dogs (cuddle, crate, compete.)  She recommends the Storm Defender Cape, as well.  Go here http://www.usatoday.com/life/lifestyle/pets/2010-06-10-vetviews11_ST_N.htm to read more.

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