Vaccine development has saved the lives of countless pets over the years, and it will continue to do so because vaccinations are the single best way to prevent diseases in pets. Getting a vaccine can be a frightening and stressful experience for both your pet and you, but there are some things you can do before and during the visit to the vet to make everything go smoothly.
While this might not help to prepare your pet for the visit, it can be extremely useful to ensure that you prepare a list of questions prior to your visit, the questions can be things about the vaccines or the next steps you should take after the shot, that way you can ensure to get as much as possible out of the visit.
TYPES OF VACCINES
Pet vaccines are divided into 2 different categories: Core and Noncore. A Core vaccine is a vaccine that all pets need regardless of their lifestyle, and there exist only two: Rabies and the Distemper Combination. Noncore vaccines are vaccines that are given based on the individual pet’s lifestyle.
Any dirt, debris, or loose hair can irritate the injection site. To avoid any future problems, you need to make sure your pet is clean and his coat is brushed ahead of his vaccination.
LEASH YOUR PET
While in the veterinary clinic, always remember to bring your pet on a leash to keep them close to you, if they need it, like for big dogs. Leashes can ensure that your pets can be easily managed if they start becoming restless. Small dogs can be held in your arms, but should still be on a leash in case they manage to jump out of your embrace, another option can be using a carrier to bring them to the vet. This will help to protect them from other animals and prevent them from running away.
When you bring treats with you to your pet’s veterinary appointment, you can help to keep them occupied, which will provide a far more positive, beneficial experience for your pet during their veterinary visit.
A great way to help in the case that your pet finds visits to the veterinarian stressful is to bring along some of their favorite toys or blanket to the appointment, that can minimize their stress levels and make them feel more secured and at ease.
SCHEDULE YOUR APPOINTMENT AHEAD OF TIME
Never book your appointment in a hurry, so you don’t make a mistake scheduling it. Choose a time where you can take it easy for your pet and yourself, in case it takes more time.
Also, it would be great that if your pet doesn’t get along well with other animals, let the Salazar Veterinary Hospital staff know. They can help you what to do so any altercation doesn’t occur. Don’t be afraid to ask questions or take notes. That’s what the vet is there for.
Doing these extra steps to prepare your pet for their vaccine appointment will help to ensure the most positive experience possible. The Salazar Veterinary Hospital team is happy to provide services to keep your pets happy and healthy. If you need further advice on how to prepare your pet for being vaccinated, you can contact us or call Salazar Veterinary Hospital (407)807-6611.