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Nobody likes to wait. Even if we’re prepared for long lines at places like the DMV, even the most patient people among us can become pretty irate. 

Imagine, then, how some pets feel when they are taken to their vet appointments. Would the possible wait be worse for them because of the heightened anticipation, or might the time be filled with curiosity and exploration?

Wherever pets sit on this spectrum, the bottom line is that there are many ways to safely get through the time spent in a pet hospital lobby. 

When It Rain, It Pours

At any given time at Oakhurst Veterinary Hospital, you may see cats and dogs of all ages and breeds in our lobby. Safety is always our top priority. We are a certified fear-free  and cat friendly practice. Please let us know if your pet needs a comfort pack while waiting.

A Well-Rounded Approach

Sure, some pets are happy to come to our clinic and don’t mind waiting for their turn. Others are absolutely petrified by the sensory overload. Without a doubt, if an animal has only been to a hospital when sick, injured or in pain, they may have a more difficult time. 

Likewise, some pets are frightened by other pets and even a spacious pet hospital lobby (like ours) may not be large enough to house their stress and anxiety levels.

Mitigate Stress

We take extra steps to ensure that pet exams are as stress-free as possible. Pet owners can help make pet hospital lobby safety and etiquette a reality in these ways:

  • Dogs must be on a fixed, 6-foot nylon leash while visiting our pet hospital lobby (for safety’s sake, no retractable leashes, please). We will likely remove the leash during their exam and any diagnostics, but it helps reduce any unwanted encounters between unfamiliar pets in the lobby.
  • Cats should be safely contained inside their own personal travel crate. If they are ever out of their carrier they could get scared, hurting themselves or others. A frightened cat may quickly bite or scratch the person holding them. Spray Feliway (or use a provided wipe), on and inside their carrier to calm them down.
  • Puppies should be held or contained as they haven’t received all vaccinations yet.
  • Remember, other visitors may be waiting to be seen and treated for an illness or injury. Even though a pet may just be curious or friendly, others may not enjoy having their space invaded. Likewise, some pets may have allergies. Please discourage your dog from sniffing around the pet hospital lobby.
  • Do not leave your pet unattended.
  • Since your pet is closely tuned into your emotional state, try to stay as calm and neutral as possible. This will cue them to react in kind.
  • Have some obedience commands in place. Sit, stay, leave it, and no go a long way toward lobby etiquette.

A Safe Pet Hospital Lobby

Preparing your pet for a routine exam, diagnostics, or procedure can be fraught with stress, but the more you anticipate their behaviors and needs the better off everyone will be.Often, a bit of exercise and a treat prior can affect the change you want to see while in a pet hospital lobby.

If you have any questions, please contact us at Oakhurst Veterinary Hospital.