What if my pet is fearful or aggressive toward unfamiliar people?
There are many options for dealing with a fearful or aggressive pet. The most important thing is that your pet
be as comfortable as possible and that no one gets injured during the process. While most dogs and cats
respond very well to me (I have a very soft, quiet, re-assuring demeanor), some may still be fearful toward
anyone new. If this is the case, speak with us about some of the options that are available for dealing with
this situation. Some options that might be considered include:
- Providing you with a sedative injection that someone can give to the pet without me being in the room
- Arranging for oral anti-anxiety medications (from your regular vet) to be given prior to the appointment
- Using a muzzle or other type of restraint during just the initial injection
Regardless of the method used, we will do whatever we can to ensure that this process is as stress free
and peaceful as possible for everyone involved.
Should our children be present during the procedure?
This is a question that only you can answer, based upon your children's age(s), maturity level, and desires. If
they are old enough to understand what is happening, it may be helpful to find out what they would like to do.
It is not a problem for me having children present, as long as they are able to be well behaved during the
procedure and won't do anything to make the procedure less comfortable for the pet. While every family and
situation is different, I find that most people choose to have young children have the opportunity to say good-
bye to the pet prior to my arrival and then not be present for the actual procedure.
Where can we do this procedure?
Really, any place that you and your pet are comfortable - on the floor, in your yard, on a favorite bed, in your
lap, in the car, etc. While most people do the procedure in the comfort of their own homes, it is possible to
do the procedure in other places, as long as you keep some logistical considerations in mind.
- Does the location provide the necessary privacy for the procedure and care of the body afterwards?
- Can we easily transport my pet to and from the location?
- Do we have permission to use the space?
- Will it require additional time for travel? (there may be additional charges if this is the case)
If you have any questions about the suitability of a particular location, just ask!
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Anthony J. Smith, DVM
Hercules, CA 94547