Grove City Veterinary Hospital

4350 Grove City Rd.
Grove City, OH 43123


How to prepare your pet for a veterinary visit. From

Tip 1: Hungry is good! If medically appropriate, reduce the amount of food your pet eats before a veterinary visit. This can also help a pet who is nausea with car travel. And a hungry pet will find our in-office treats more appealing. 

Tip 2: Treats Treats and more Treats! If your pet has a favorite treat that he or she goes bonkers for, bring 50-100 of those cut into tiny amounts with you to the appointment. For cats, canned food might be the magic trick. Treats should be no longer than half of a pea, or a single lick. 

Tip 3: Play and Pamper! Bring a familiar toy that your pet likes. It helps them relax during the visit. If you pet enjoys brushing, bring their brush to the visit. Our veterinary team can use these items to help distract your pet during the visit. 

Tip 4: Calming Pheromones or Lavender! Use species specific, commercially available calming pheromones, such as Adaptil for Dogs and Feliway for cats to help your pet feel calmer during travel and during the veterinary visit. Lavender essential oils have also been shown to have a calming effect on dogs during car travel. An item that smells like home, such as a blanket or a t-shirt you've worn, can also provide comfort to your pet. Pheromones should be sprayed onto a blanket, towel, or bandana at least 10 minutes prior to exposing your pets to them. 

Tip 5: Acclimate your pet to the carrier, crate, or seatbelt harness! Training your pet to accept and maybe even enjoy travelling in a pet carrier, crate, or seatbelt harness, and continuing to re-enforce that training over their lifetime with positive experiences, will help make trips to the vet just another day in the car. Need help in this area? Click here

Tip 6: Go Potty! When medically appropriate, offer your pet a chance to relieve themselves prior to leaving home, and again before entering the clinic. Be sure to check with your veterinary hospital to see if you need to bring a fecal sample to the appointment for annual testing. Check with your vet to see if the vet would like to collect a urine sample during the appointment, if that's the case, then don't let your pet urinate before the appointment. 

Tip 7: Give yourself plenty of time! When you are rushed and feeling stressed about getting to your appointment on time, your pet will be too. 

Tip 8: Give prescribed pre-visit medications! If your pet has been prescribed medication for anti-nausea, or anti-anxiety be sure to give them as prescribed ahead of the appointment. 

Tip 9: Ask us! If you think your pet might benefit from a pre-visit medication prescription or supplements. We want to help your pet have the most stress-free visit possible.