Is your dog a little worried about coming to the practice? Do you have difficulty getting them through the door? Perhaps they have been unwell recently and required treatment, but now you are worried that it will put them off coming to see us in the future?
In this month’s edition of “A Lesson with Laura” we look at how we can help your pet to be relaxed when they come to see our team.
Did you know that Ash Tree Vets offers free social visit appointments with our nurses? These are designed to help dogs that might be a little bit worried about coming in to the practice.
The idea behind social visits is that your dog gets to come into the practice without anything ‘bad’ happening; but gets a positive experience instead.
Social visits are pressure free. Your dog can come in, have a sniff, and leave again if that’s all they are comfortable with. The nurse will be armed with tasty treats, so those dogs that love food and are happy to take treats from us are guaranteed a great time! If your dog prefers toys over food then you are welcome to bring along your dog’s favourite toy so that we can play with your dog during the appointment.
We really do want your dog to love coming to the vets! Not only does it make our jobs much easier if your dog loves coming to see us but it also makes the whole experience much less stressful for your dog, which is the most important thing!
There are a number of reasons why I recommend regular social visits including:
If you would like to know more about how social visits could help your dog please get in touch with me. Please be aware that these social visits are not suitable for all dogs, especially those that have a severe vet phobia. If you are unsure if social visits are a suitable option for your dog please call me on 01638 554477 or drop me an email to firstname.lastname@example.org
I look forward to meeting some of your dogs!