Tips for Advocating for Your Dog at the Vet


A question we often hear from our community is how do I advocate for my pet at the vet? We invited Maddie Messina of Paws for Thought to offer her ideas earlier this summer. Here are some of her golden nuggets!

Preparation Tips

Advocating for our dogs at the vet begins before we even walk through the door. We can help prepare our dogs for this new environment, with strange people, where sometimes uncomfortable things happen by:

  • Plan a happy visit where there is no medical interventions. It's just a chance for our dog to become familiar with the new place and some of the people there.
  • Cooperative care
  • Chin Rest-
  • Practice using another person as a vet
  • Reach out ahead of time if you have concerns

When You Disagree with a Recommended Course of Treatment

When the vet offers a course of action such as medication or surgery that makes you uncomfortable, it is helpful to ask for more information so you can make the decision that feels right for you dog. Here are some questions you can ask:

  • Are there any alternatives?
  • What's the worst that could happen if I don't follow this course of treatment?

How Can I Help My Dog Be More Comfortable with Dental Work?

Dental work is not fun for us humans who know what is going on. For our dogs who don't understand and whose natural inclination may be to bite when someone gets too close to their mouth, one of the best

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