Most of us dreaded visits to doctors and dentists. Especially when we were kids.
Is it different with dogs? How about fierce and courageous German Shepherds?
Taking your dog or pup to the veterinarian is not necessarily an awful experience for all the parties involved. That includes you, the vet, and, of course, the dog. Especially if you manage to get it right from the first visit.
Most pups will already have been to the veterinarian at least once to get their first set of vaccinations as well as to have a fast physical examination. Some breeders might do their very own vaccinations depending on local laws and regulations regarding the sales of some of the vaccinations.
Even when the pup continues to go to the veterinarian with the breeder, it is still essential to start your pup or dog’s relationship with your veterinarian as pleasantly as possible.
This could be achieved by adhering to a few simple steps and preventing any injury or stressful illnesses while in or at the vet’s office. Take your pup or dog for a great long walk prior to going to the vet’s office. However, don’t do anything out of the ordinary. For example, if the dog is not really used to much walking or jogging or playing – this might set it off. And you don’t want to build up anxiety in a German Shepherd right before going to the vet.
In case you have to transport your GSD (and if the distance is really big) you have to take care of the special transporting equipment.
Both in the car and outside – you have to be able to be in control of your dog and make sure everyone’s safe.
In case your German Shepherd isn’t trained or is already too big for a special dog crate be certain to have them on perhaps a lead or a leash. Even well-trained dogs might become frightened and run, or might become aggressive with some other animals in the vet waiting room. Remember, that there will also be all sorts of pets or stray animals, so you should be able to control your pet as well as protect them.
If you know that the dog is aggressive towards other pets, leave them in the vehicle. Notify the staff that you’re there and after that wait to bring the dog in till the veterinarian is ready. Stay with the dog in the exam room through the whole thing. You can pet and speak to your dog if that calms them down. Bring a few treats and allow the veterinarian to give the treats to the dog. You have to monitor your pup’s attitude through the whole process. Being more acquainted with your dog and being the one who’s able to see when they become aggravated – you should try to smoothen the examination process and alert the vet whenever is necessary.
Doctor’s appointments are hard!
It’s stressful and often completely alien to the dogs. Remember, your main job there is to ensure the dog stays calm and that it feels your presence. IF you do that – everything else will definitely go according to the plan.