I took my dog to the vet…

Izzy went to the vet this week. It’s funny because some people I meet think that I should be anti-vet because I work in the field of complementary therapies for dogs.

Nothing could be further from the truth. Traditional veterinary care is essential – it’s like going to the family doctor – or GP as they are called here in New Zealand. Your dog will need things like check-ups and vaccinations during the course of its life; many dogs end up with injuries that require surgery of some sort and your vet does these, too. The work I do with dogs integrates well with traditional veterinary care.

(I’m not anti-vet – but I do meet vets that are anti-complementary therapies. That’s a whole other subject for another day and not the purpose of this post.)

In Izzy’s case, this week we were visiting so she could have another injection of SYNOVAN™ and to get a repeat of her gabapentin, which we use for pain relief for her arthritis.

I always bring a mat for her because the floor is slippery and not nice to lay down on when you are an arthritic senior dog. Her mat is also useful because it is her safe place – a Fear Free technique – because often vets do things that are ouchy and frightening. We bring the mat with us to the exam room, too, so she has a surface that is comforting and familiar.

What do you do when your take your dog to the vet?

Kathleen Crisley, Fear-Free certified professional and specialist in dog massage, rehabilitation and nutrition/food therapy, The Balanced Dog, Christchurch, New Zealand

2 responses to “I took my dog to the vet…

  1. Great idea about the comfort mat! This would also be helpful when traveling to place in unfamiliar spots.

  2. We usually take a mat most places but I had not really thought about why it is good to take to the vet. The mat is a thing Ada knows as her spot, it is familiar and her space, so convenient if we are out at a cafe or somewhere and she has a spot that is hers, it is where she sits undisturbed and generally receives a stream of treats for just sitting quietly. But what a good idea to take the mat with you to the vet, for their comfort and a bit of security.

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