Safety and Proper Etiquette in Animal Hospitals


Bringing your pet for medications to the local veterinarian is a mark of a good and responsible pet owner. However, a lot of owners may not be doing the right things while inside the animal hospital, thus making the job increasingly hard for the staff and the vet himself. In order to avoid being troublesome to other pets, pet owners and the staff, what are some safety tips and proper etiquette that will surely make trips to the medical establishment something to look forward to?

Muzzle and leash your canine companion

We all know that dogs are not really keen on meeting up with the veterinarian, and it’s obvious that they don’t. Although proper training, discipline and rewards for good behavior will make them behave, sick canines and those sporting ailments can be unpredictable, even towards their owners. For example, Fifi the Pitbull feels incredibly itchy all over, because of a bad case of hives. Obviously in great discomfort, she tries her best to be well-behaved, but suddenly, a playful tabby suddenly crashes on to her; rendering her to yelp and attempt to bite the kitten.

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Whenever your dog visits the animal hospital, it is important to keep it restrained by putting a leash on it and perhaps muzzling it. Sick canines are always aggressive ones, due to their vulnerable state. It is important to keep your companion secure and calm – you wouldn’t want it to snarl and attack other pets.

Cage the cat

Putting a leash on a cat is like trying to restrain an elephant using a meter-long stick, unless if it happens to be well-trained. That being said, cats are more aggressive and defensive when in an unfamiliar territory, especially if they’re sick. Using a leash or putting Kato on your lap in the waiting room is a recipe for disaster, since it won’t be enough to calm him down. Your only option is to buy a cat carrier and place him inside while in the waiting room. If it’s his first time and he’s wreaking havoc inside it, give it treats or sprinkle it with catnip.

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By placing him inside a carrier, you put him out of reach from other animals and vice versa. It will also give him privacy and enclosed space: cats feel safer behind bars when they are in an unfamiliar location.

Own up to it

Your vet asks: “Oh, Fido is overweight. Were you feeding him too much?”

You answer: “No, of course not, I’ve been feeding him with the right amount…”

Although some vets will just laugh it off, others will find this rather irritating. The proof is right in front of you. If your pet is overweight, this simply means that you are either feeding it too much, or unaware of how much your pet should eat. If your vet detects something wrong, don’t try to deny it. Although it’s human nature to deny fault and accountability, this should not be the case if you’re dealing with your pet’s health.

Call beforehand

Stopping by unannounced is a bad thing, unless if something happened to Fido while you were crossing the street in front of the hospital. If you’re coming over, make an appointment or say that you’re doing so because of an emergency. Stopping by will give your vet and the rest of the staff ample time to prepare to check your pet out.

Overall, general rules of safety and proper etiquette should be observed in animal hospitals. Although the rules are unwritten, it’s certain that your local veterinarian posted some reminders along the walls!

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