• Fear of a Visit to the Vet or Groomer

    • Calming Collars
    • Calming Spray

    It’s not surprising to think that some dogs and cats develop fear at the thought of going to the vet or groomer. These visits take them away from the comfortable surroundings of home and into an environment with sights, sounds and smells from other people and animals they don’t know. Add a ride in the car or pet carrier and you’ve got a full-blown case of fear.

    Trembling, hiding, nervousness, biting or scratching in a desperate attempt at escape are all signs that your dog or cat has fear about visiting the vet or groomer.

    There are ways to help your dog or cat transform problem behavior into positive behavior. It takes a careful combination of pheromone technology and training, but the rewards are well worth it.

    Pheromone Therapy

    Ask a pet parent who has tried pheromone technology to relieve their pet’s fear and you’ll hear a positive report. These calming pheromones mimic the natural chemicals produced by mothers to calm their young — and they continue to work at any age.

    Start by putting a SENTRY™ Calming Collar (dog, cat) on your pet the day before a visit to the vet or groomer to help reduce overall stress and tension.

    It’s also a good idea to use SENTRY™ Calming Spray (dog, cat) on your dog’s or cat’s pet carrier, the car or even the area at the clinic or groomer’s where the pet will spend time. This will also help to keep them relaxed and happy on their next visit.

    Training Tips

    Preparing your dog or cat for what to expect can go a long way in helping reduce the fear they feel about a visit to the vet or groomer.

    • Stage trial runs to the veterinary clinic or groomers that include loading your cat or dog into the pet carrier and driving around in the car. Be sure to reward your pet for good behavior.
    • Get dogs and cats prepared for the types of activities at the vet or groomers by moving your hands over legs and body, head and ears, even combing or brushing fur on a regular basis. (It’s also great together time for the two of you!)
    • Be aware of your behavior and treat preparations in a matter of fact way, without trying to overcompensate for what is to come.
    • Days before the visit bring out any pet carrier or other device you use in transporting your dog or cat. Even consider putting treats in the carrier, along with a favorite blanket or towel.
    • Reinforce good behaviors by using praise, petting and food treats. For example, if a cat is aggressive toward visitors, have someone come and stand far enough away where an aggressive response is not triggered — and reward the pet with a treat. Allow the visitor to get closer and closer over time until the cat associates positive responses with visitors.
    • Ask your vet or groomer what they can do to alleviate fear and fear in dogs and cats — and if they have any suggestions for you.