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A visit to the veterinarian can be stressful for you and your pet. The experts at Newtown Veterinary Specialists offer six simple tips to make your time in the waiting room more manageable and less trying.         

1.       Arrive early: It will help get your paperwork in order. Better yet, pre-register your pet so you won’t feel rushed or stressed. To pre-register, just give us a call prior to your appointment at 203-270-VETS (8387).

2.       Control your pet: Utilize a cage, harness or leash to protect both pets and people. Carrying a cat in your arms could be dangerous as they will often try to flee when stressed. The flexi leash tends to be a poor means of control unless you keep it locked on a short length.

3.       It’s not a meet-and-greet: When you’ve been sick, you generally don’t feel sociable at the doctor’s office. You certainly wouldn’t want to shake hands with someone who has been sneezing and coughing. Please remember that the veterinary clinic waiting room isn’t the proper place to socialize your pet. There should be no nose-to-nose greetings. Many of the pets will be stressed, sick, or injured and could become aggressive.  We’ve all heard people describe their pet as being very friendly right before witnessing a bite. These pets may also be contagious and you may be exposing yours to disease by interacting with them. 

4.       Speak up on behalf of your pet: Don’t be afraidto politely ask other owners to give your dog or cat some space. You can also get up and move to a different section of the waiting room. Newtown Veterinary Specialists has a separate annexed waiting room if you feel that you need privacy.

5.       Do not feed your pet or other pets: In general, it’s not advisable to feed treats to your pet prior to a visit in case eating may interfere with tests or procedures that may be recommended.

6.       Ask for help: If you have difficulty controlling your pet or if you have behavior issues with another pet, please ask the waiting room receptionist for assistance.

Following our tips for proper pet etiquette will make your next visit safer and more comfortable, whether you’re waiting to see one of our specialists for advanced care or your family veterinarian for an annual wellness exam.