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Tales from the Vet’s Office
Posted By Valerie Gleaton On July 29, 2010 @ 11:00 am In Family Health, Health & Wellness | 6 Comments
My furry family  and I have been making a lot of trips to the veterinarian’s office lately.
A few weeks ago I took my cat , Bucky, in for a check-up. Confession: It had been four years since I last took him to the vet. But in my defense, the last time I took him in he hissed, bit and clawed at the vet tech and got a dreaded “flag” in his record. So you can imagine how much I was looking forward to the sequel.
Then last week we had to rush our dog Teddy to the emergency animal hospital after he ate a vast quantity of kitty litter and became violently ill . Usually a friendly, happy-go-lucky fellow, Ted turns into a shrieking, howling, thrashing terror at the first touch of a needle.
At least I know I’m not alone. I’ve heard similar horror stories from friends and co-workers. So what can you do to calm your pet’s anxiety  before and during a trip to the doctor? Here are some tips I’ll try next time:
Of course, not all of these tactics will work on all pets . Ask your vet for additional suggestions. He or she should be willing to work with you to make office visits less traumatizing for everyone involved.
And, in case you were wondering, both our animals  are totally fine. Bucky is healthy (though he could stand to lose a pound or two ), and from now on I’ll be taking him back to the vet once a year to make sure he stays that way. Teddy has made a full recovery and I’ve moved the litter box to a more secure location to avoid future kitty litter binges.
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 Image: http://blog.gaiam.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/07/vetblog.jpg
 furry family: http://life.gaiam.com/gaiam/p/10-Ways-to-Green-Your-Pet.html
 cat: http://life.gaiam.com/gaiam/p/Raining-Cats-and-More-Cats-How-Global-Warming-Affects-Kitty.html
 violently ill: http://life.gaiam.com/gaiam/p/Petlluted.html
 calm your pet’s anxiety: http://life.gaiam.com/gaiam/p/Stretching-Spot.html
 trips to the dog park: http://blog.gaiam.com/blog/the-dog-days-of-summer/
 walk: http://life.gaiam.com/gaiam/p/Let-Your-Dog-Take-YOU-for-a-Walk-Review-of-Eckhart-Tolles-Guardians-of-Being.html
 pets: http://www.gaiam.com/category/eco-home-outdoor/household/pet-accessories.do?SID=WG107SPRTAPEMACS
 animals: http://life.gaiam.com/gaiam/p/Animals-and-Autism.html
 lose a pound or two: http://life.gaiam.com/gaiam/p/Weight-Loss-Guide-Answers-Solutions.html
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