Before your visit
It's great if your dog is happy in the car. If the only time the car is used is for the trip to the Vet for a painful ear infection then this won't be helpful. Trips to the beach or park for walks will help create a positive association for most dogs. Coming to the Clinic socially just to meet the nurses and get some fuss and treats is recommended.
If your dog suffers from car sickness there are medication options to prevent this unpleasantness. Using a harness while travelling to secure your dog is recommended for safety and a feeling of security. Bringing a favourite toy or blanket with them is helpful.
Other options for reducing anxiety incude using Adaptil pheromone spray placed on a doggy bandana 15minutes before needed. Playing quiet music in the car or a snug shirt eg "thunder shirt" can help some dogs. For moderately anxious dogs a dose of a gentle anti anxiety medication an hour before visiting can be worth trialling.
If a urine sample is not needed then please let your dog have a toilet opportunity before visiting for added comfort.
Remember to bring your dog to the clinic a little hungry as the best tool we have for creating positive experiences are food treats. If your dog has special foods or favourite treats please bring these along to help us.