It’s time to bring your pet to Cedar Pet Clinic Lake Elmo and she’s nowhere to be found. Your dog has escaped outdoors and your cat has hidden under the bed. Even if your pet didn’t escape, her anxious behavior is truly out of character. While it’s understandable you might feel exasperated, try not to take your pet’s behavior personally. It’s the only way she knows how to exert some sense of control over the situation. She knows that getting put in a pet carrier and going for a car ride is out of the ordinary.
- If you have pheromone spray at home, spray a small amount on your dog’s harness, crate, and his spot in the car. You can always pick up a bottle of calming pheromone at our clinic for future vet visits.
- Your dog will feel more secure in the car when he’s properly restrained.
- Be patient and loving with your dog and be sure to offer lots of praise. Calming music can reduce anxiety as well.
- Make sure to allow plenty of time to get to the appointment. Your dog will pick up on your stress if you’re running late.
- Place your cat’s carrier out in the open a few days before her appointment. You might even consider placing a treat in the carrier so she learns to make a positive connection. Cats dislike surprises and disruptions to their routine, but having the carrier out at least gives your cat the chance to sniff it and investigate inside.
- Your cat may still not get in the carrier willingly on the day of her appointment. If not, it might take two people to get her inside with one holding the cat and the other operating the carrier.
- As with dogs, you can try using a calming spray in the car and on the cat carrier. Make sure she is securely inside the carrier and never let her loose inside of the car.
- If you have more than one cat, try to schedule appointments one at a time or bring another person to mind the second cat.