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Q&A: How To Get My Anxious Dog To The Vet

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Looks like a case of SEVERE white coat syndrome!

The veterinarian can be a dog's friend or a dog's enemy in their mind.

And this Teddyhilton.com reader's pooch DOES NOT LIKE THE VET!

She writes:

I am a huge fan of yours! and I love your tips!

I had a question regarding my dog, she is 12, turning 13 this year. And I am constantly worried about her health and I try giving her as much exercise as I can but it is time for her vet check up and ITS IMPOSSIBLE TO TAKE HER.

My dog has extreme anxiety ever since she was a puppy and she even gets seizures when she gets so anxious. We got her tested to see if she had epilepsy or a tumor and everything came up clear. So when it comes to take her to the vet she goes insane and even bit the vet, and the vet hates us because he cant cut her nails and do the proper procedures needed.

How can I take her to the vet without having to medicate her and her anxiety levels to go up and cause a seizure?

As always, Dr. Patrick is here to save the day for this pups anxiety!

He writes:

Thank you for your question and for your readership/viewership.

Your dog's behavioral issues surrounding going to the veterinarian certainly create a significant challenge for everyone involved in the care taking process.

If she has such an adverse behavioral reaction, try to find a house call vet to come to her home environment for a (hopefully) lower stress experience.

Do a Goggle search for "house call vets, Los Angeles (or your location)", then arrange for the visit. If this does not work out for you, then thoroughly exercise her before going into the veterinarian's office. Usually, a tired dog is a better behaved dog.

Additionally, natural remedies like Rescue Remedy Pet or the veterinary prescribed sedative (you mentioned in your question), or both, may need to be used.

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