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Fear among dogs visiting the veterinary clinic is a well recognized problem. Adaptil® is clinically proven to help reduce stress during a veterinary exam.

Fear among dogs visiting the veterinary clinic is a well recognized problem. In one study of dogs, 3/4 of them appeared fearful when entering a veterinary clinic, with almost 2/3 visibly trembling.   There are many possible reasons for this as some aspects of veterinary visits can be unpleasant (such as getting blood drawn or receiving vaccinations which can be painful).  

Additionally, a visit to the vet is often associated with a car ride, which is also known to be stressful for some dogs, increasing fear and anxiety before the dog enters the clinic, 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
  • Growling or snapping

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

Adaptil has been clinically proven** to help reduce stress during veterinary exams, making it a more pleasant experience for everyone.

Help reduce your dog's fear of veterinary visits


Use the Adaptil Spray to help make travel easier. Either spray a bandana to place around your dog's neck or spray the car. Use spray 15 minutes prior to introducing your dog to let the alcohol evaporate.


Keep tasty treats or fun toys handy to keep your dog distracted during the visit.


Ask your veterinarian if you can make "happy visits" to the office. These are practice visits where your dog gets treats and praise at the hospital and starts to associate good things with visiting the vet.


If your dog will have an extended stay at the hospital, place an Adaptil Collar on him so he can have the comforting pheromones 24/7.

*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.

**Mills DS, Ramos D, et al. A triple blind placebo-controlled investigation into the assessment of the effect of Dog Appeasing Pheromone on anxiety related behavior of problem dogs in the veterinary clinic.  Appl Anim Behav Sci, 2006; 98, 114-126.

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