I am very big into family, and I have a big family as well. 5 brothers and sisters (I'm the 5th of 6). 14 nieces and nephews (R Russell Patrick II joined us 10/13/13). 5 great-nephews & 6 great-nieces (Brooklyn Grace joined us 10/2/13). And no, with that many family members, I do not keep up with birthdays very well. Not well at ALL! Even with a master list on my fridge.
I'm also married. My husband and I got married here in San Antonio at the historic Sheraton Gunter Hotel downtown. And we are the proud parents of a 12 year old Alaskan Husky named Moo and three 1 year old kittens: Wicket, Willow, and Winter.
Like all Texas moms, I made my kid pose in the bluebonnets.
Taking your pet to the vet is not a fun, or easy, task. Here are some ways to make the experience less stressful for both of you.
Create a Cozy Crate
Pet owners often make the mistake of pulling out a crate or carrier only when it’s time to go to the vet, which can terrify animals. The solution? Encourage your pet to spend time in its carrier even if you aren’t leaving the house. Treat the crate as furniture, setting it up in your pet’s favorite spot in the house. Keep the door open and adorn the crate with soft bedding, toys, and treats to entice your pet.
Make an Appointment to Play
If the only time you saw the doctor were to get a shot, wouldn’t you be scared, too? Then go to the vet for supervised playtime. Your pets will associate the vet’s environment with a place where they receive love. Although many vets allow this type of visit, check with the office first.
Be a Chatty Cathy
No pet owner will call you crazy for talking to your pet, especially when you’re at the vet. After all, this may do your pet some good. Talking to your pets in a calming voice can help relax them.
Pack a Mat
As if going to the vet weren’t bad enough, most animals probably do not appreciate lying on a cold, hard surface. Make the visit more pleasant by bringing a rubber mat. Place it on the exam table for your cat or dog. Your pet will feel more comfortable and won’t slide around as much.
Look into other ways you can make the visit easier here.