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taking the dog to the vet

going to the VET

Fear among dogs visiting the veterinary clinic is a well recognised problem: in a study of 135 dogs*, 78.5% of them appeared fearful when entering a veterinary clinic, with 61.5% visibly trembling.

Young dogs (under 2 years of age) were found to be significantly less fearful compared to older ones. It is possible that previous negative experiences (due to the restraint used during the examination, the pain associated to the condition the dog was suffering from, etc.) are related to the increased fear in older dogs.

Furthermore, a visit to the vet is often associated with a car ride, which is also known to be stressful for many dogs. This can increase fear and anxiety before the dog enters the clinic, further compounding their reaction.

Signs of fear in dogs while at the veterinary practice include:

  • Agitation
  • Panting
  • Salivating excessively
  • Trembling
  • Whining
  • Urinating/soiling
  • Attempting to escape
  • Attempting to bite due to fear ** 

Fortunately, Adaptil offers several options to help your dog cope with visits to your veterinarian.

Adaptil has been clinically proven to help reduce anxiety and increase relaxation at the vet practice. 

How to reduce or prevent your dog’s fear of the vet

If your dog has a history of showing signs of fear or anxiety during routine consultations,


If you travel to the vet by car use the Adaptil Spray prior to travel on the blanket or the kennel used in the car (REMEMBER to wait 15 minutes before putting the dog in the car once you have sprayed).


To ensure constant release of the appeasing pheromone while travelling to and at the clinic you can spray Adaptil onto a bandana attached around your dog’s neck (but again, REMEMBER to wait 15 minutes before putting the bandana on your dog), And/or fit your dog with an Adaptil Collar.


And/or fit your dog with an Adaptil Collar


All these options can be combined for the best effect on your dog, as there is no negative interaction between them nor risk of overdosing


While at the vet, use tasty treats with quiet praise when your dog is calm to positively reinforce your dog’s association with good things at the practice


If your dog has to stay at the clinic for a short hospitalisation, the best option is to fit them with an Adaptil Collar so that the dog can benefit from the appeasing pheromone during their entire stay.


However, your vet practice might also be already using Adaptil diffusers in their hospitalisation kennels and other areas of the building such as the waiting room and the examination room.

**Note: Although Adaptil will help relieve your dog’s fear, the product is not recommended for managing cases of aggression. If your dog has a history of aggression towards the vet staff, muzzling is still recommended as a precaution.  

*Doring D, Roscher A, Scheipl F, Kuchenhoff H, Erhard M H, Fear-related behaviour of dogs in veterinary practice, The Veterinary Journal, 2009; 182, 38-43

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