If the dog is afraid of the veterinarian: tips

If your dog is sick, going to the doctor is inevitable. If fear of the veterinarian makes treatment of the four-legged friend difficult or even impossible, these tips can help. If the four-legged friend is afraid of the veterinarian, the visit becomes a stress test for dog and owner - Image: Shutterstock / VP Photo Studio

A visit to the doctor often means pure stress for the dog. A clear sign of fear of the veterinarian can be a crouched posture, close ears or a pinched tail. It is important to correctly recognize these symptoms as stress and fear and not to be confused with aggressiveness. This is the best way to help your dear four-legged friend.

Fear of the veterinarian: stress for dog and owner

Of course, the first step is to find a good veterinarian that you and hopefully your dog can trust at some point. Even in the course of the preparation, you can do a lot to relieve your dog of the fear of the veterinarian. It is best to carefully introduce him to the situation of the doctor's visit beforehand, so that in an emergency he has nothing negative to do with it. For example, you can place a rubber mat on the kitchen table and install spot lighting - for example with a flashlight. If you are really in the doctor's office, the environment is not completely new for your four-legged friend. This will also be reflected in his body language.

Tips against fear

Training the fear of the veterinarian is of course also a question of dog training. Even if your four-legged friend is stressed, he should trust you enough to listen to you.

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But there are also some aids that can make the visit to the veterinarian a lot more relaxed. For example, some dogs can be reassured by carrying something in their mouths. Other dogs can also have a calming effect on your stressed animal. If a second dog is very relaxed with you in the treatment room, this can relieve your four-legged friend of the fear of the veterinarian or at least alleviate it.