In addition to offering support to grieving pet parents, we hope to provide information for those who may have remaining pets. With that in mind, we have asked one of our trusted Veterinary practice managers, Katherine Sullivan, from Laguna Beach Veterinary Medical Center in Laguna Beach, California,(www.lagunabeachvet.com) to share practical ways to help make your and your pet’s experiences at the Veterinarian’s office more comfortable for you and your pet. We hope you will find this information helpful.
In the first of this series, Katherine gives suggestions on choosing the right Veterinary practice and the best way to schedule stress-free appointments.
Going to the vet’s office can be stressful for you and your pet. There are many reasons for having to go to the vet and many reasons why it can be stressful. Over the next few blog posts we will go over some of those stressors and offer helpful tips to reduce some of the anxiety for you and your pet.
SUGGESTIONS FOR CHOOSING THE RIGHT VETERINARY TEAM
Finding the right veterinary team is the first order of business. If you don’t already have a vet, ask people you know and trust for some referrals.
The easiest way to build a relationship with the veterinary team is to talk to them. Make an effort to get to know your veterinary office staff. Ask any questions you may have about how the visits are scheduled and run. Let them know about your pet’s personality and special needs ahead of time. If you build a relationship with your vet’s office, you will be more connected to them when you need them. If you have trouble building that connection, take a step back and ask why. Is the staff impatient, non-caring, rude and not compassionate? If the answer is yes, you should find a new vet. After a reasonable period of time, the team should know you and your pet by name. If they have not taken the time to get to know you, you may want to consider looking for a new practice.
SUGGESTIONS FOR SCHEDULING APPOINTMENTS
When you go to the vet it is usually not to socialize; your pet probably has something wrong. You should be able to rely on the knowledge that your vet’s office is your pet’s second and welcomed home.
Making an appointment so that it works best for your schedule is one of the most important factors of going to the vet. The anxiety of running late, of getting your pet there and of worrying about the outcome of the visit can be overwhelming to say the least, especially if you consider the reason for your visit to be an urgent one.
Reduce the stress of the visit by making the time to go a priority. More often than not, we try to pack too much into each day. However, by planning ahead and taking the time to collect your pet, drive to the office, check in and wait to be seen, you will be able to take several deep breaths with each stage and not have to worry about time. Just by scheduling the appointment according to your already busy schedule, you will be able to reduce at least one controllable factor of going to the vet. When you’re less stressed, your pet will be, too.
We hope that these suggestions are helpful for you? Is there a particular issue you have with a pet or have had with a beloved pet while at the Vet’s office that you’d like help with. Let us know and we will have Katie address it in future blogs.