Ask Vets to Try a Side Approach
Once you get in the exam room, don’t let staff crowd your animal. “People approaching from the front with two hands coming at the animal and staring in its eyes is scary,” Bright says. “When someone approaches from the side, that’s much less scary.” Advise your vet and staff to approach your pet indirectly if they do not already do so. Most savvy veterinarians and staff will also take a few minutes to chat before approaching a nervous patient, which allows pets to acclimate to the sights, smells, and sounds of new people. And if your pet hates the exam table, ask your veterinarian if he or she is willing to work them on the floor.