7 Ways to Reduce Your Dog’s Stress at the Vet’s Office

The author’s dog Sasha, an Australian Shepherd/Border Collie mix, hates going to the vet’s office. As soon as I get her through the office door she turns around and starts pulling me back out.  This behavior continues until she’s called into the exam room, where she exhibits all of the signs of a fearful dog: panting, tail tucked under, and ears down. It makes it difficult for the vet to see her true personality and get an accurate picture of how she’s really feeling. And because one time she snapped at a veterinary technician, the word “caution” is written on her record in red, and she is usually muzzled when the vet checks her ears.

 

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