Glenolden Animal Hospital would like to take this opportunity to welcome
you and your cat to our cat friendly hospital.
We understand how stressful it can be to bring your cat in to the
practice. Our goal is to reduce that stress associated with veterinary
visits. We want to create a more positive experience for you and your cat,
so they can get the care that they need.
HOW TO GET YOUR CAT PREPARED FOR THE VET VISIT
The vet visit starts at home. It’s very important for you as the cat owner
to understand how to prepare your cat for their appointment.
Here are a few tips to help:
||Tips on reducing stress when transporting your pet to the veterinary hospital.
It is helpful to not feed cats and dogs for 2-4 hours before a trip to the veterinary hospital. This helps with motion sickness and makes our treats more interesting to the pet. We recommend giving Solliquin calming treats for 3 days prior to the visit. The 6 doses can be purchased at the hospital for $10.
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Choosing the best cat carrier
Train your cat to go into the cat carrier well before each visit
For their safety, please bring all cats in a carrier. It is best to have 1 cat per carrier. The carrier should be brought out 2-4 days before the veterinary visit and sprayed or wiped with Feliway (feline pheromone) daily. Every attempt should be made to encourage your cat into the carrier with treats or food.
Make the carrier cat friendly
This can be done by placing a soft towel in the bottom of the cage. You can include treats and toys to make the cat more comfortable.
The carrier may be covered with a towel and carried to the car holding the carrier firmly with two hands. Do not carry the carrier by the handle. Keep the carrier level. Less movement is better.
Secure the carrier behind the passenger seat as close to the floor as possible.
When driving play soft soothing music such as classical music or keep vehicle as quiet as possible and avoid loud noises.
All dogs must be on a leash. Avoid using choke and pinch collars.
We recommend using Adaptil pheromone spray several hours prior to the visit. This can be sprayed on a cloth or bandana and applied loosely around the neck.
Small dogs can be transported in a carrier. Larger dogs can be secured in the back seat of the car using a crash restraint harness. Go to Center for Pet
Safety or Consumer reports web site to choose the best harness for your dog.
Familiarize your dog with the harness well before any trips to the veterinary hospital.
Play quiet soothing or familiar music during to trip and avoid loud noises.
Tips to reduce stress after returning home from a veterinary visit.
Cats are very sensitive to scents. An unfamiliar scent can cause tension or aggressive behavior from one cat to another. Our hospital recommends all the cats from the household come into the office together. This will help to incorporate the same scent onto each cat and hopefully minimize behavior issues between them after the visit. It's also nice to have moral support when they come in for their doctor's appointment.
Following your cats visit to our hospital, whether it was an appointment, hospitalization, or boarding there will be an adjustment period back home. Here are some tips to follow to help calm your cat back in their home environment.
When you arrive home, leave the cat in the carrier and place the carrier in a quiet area of the home for a few minutes so he or she can adjust to their surroundings. If all appears calm, allow the cat out of the carrier.
We suggest you continue to use the pheromones (Feliway) this can help provide comfort from the stressful experience of the car ride and being at the veterinary office.
If you have a multiple cat household and you have observed tension or conflict between your cats in the past, you may want to confine the cat in a separate room to avoid potential injury. Provide food, water and a litter box in the room with the cat for a few hours to regain a more normal surrounding in the home.
If there is still stress, consult the veterinary office to discuss option.
*You are the most important member of our cat friendly team in helping your feline friend have a more relaxed veterinary experience.
Place dog in a sanctuary room or kennel for several hours after trip home and continue to use Adaptil pheromone spray or diffuser.
Place dog in fenced yard alone or take dog for a walk. Allow the dog to quiet down before reintroducing the dog to other dogs in the house.
Remember to call your veterinary professional if your pet does not return to normal after the visit to the veterinary hospital.