Winter weather can be a challenge for pet owners, especially when it comes to taking your pet to the veterinarian. Whether you’re dealing with blizzards, icy roads, or just cold temperatures, there are certain precautions you should take to make sure both you and your pet have a safe and comfortable experience at the vet clinic.

At Minnesota Veterinary Hospital, we want to make sure that you and your pet have a safe and comfortable experience when coming in for an appointment. Here are some tips for making veterinary trips easier and more enjoyable in the winter months.

Plan Ahead & Dress Appropriately

Winter weather conditions can change quickly, so it’s important to plan ahead and dress appropriately for the elements. Make sure you allow yourself plenty of time before your appointment so that you don’t have to rush into traffic while the roads are icy or the traffic is backed up. Leave extra early if possible, just in case road conditions become hazardous or there is a delay due to inclement weather. Additionally, check your pet’s carrier prior to leaving home to ensure that it is secure and comfortable for your pet during its trip to the vet.

It never hurts to add a few extra blankets or cozy items to reassure your pet as you make your way toward our clinic.

Prepare Your Pet For The Trip

Make sure your pet is relaxed before heading out on the trip by playing with them or engaging them in their favorite activity beforehand. If needed, provide a soothing treat or toy that they can enjoy during the ride over to help reduce anxiety from being in a moving vehicle or unfamiliar environment. If your pet gets car sick easily, consider providing food or medications prior to departure as recommended by our veterinarians at Minnesota Veterinary Hospital.

Dress Your Pet Appropriately 

Our Shoreview area is no stranger to cold temperatures, so it is important to dress your pet appropriately before heading out to the vet clinic. You don’t want them feeling too cold or uncomfortable before their appointment! Make sure they are wearing a coat or sweater that will keep them warm and dry and they make their way from home, to car, to clinic. Also, consider bringing extra blankets or towels to keep them cozy while they wait in the exam room. 

Being prepared with these easy tips will help keep both you and your beloved companion safe as well as make trips easier during this snowy season! By planning ahead and staying mindful of inclement weather conditions, you can rest assured knowing that you will arrive safely at our Shoreview hospital for all of your pet’s veterinary needs here at Minnesota Veterinary Hospital! With these preventive steps taken, both you and your furry friend will enjoy a stress-free visit here at our facility.

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