Spiritual Preparation for a Visit to the Veterinarian

Spiritual preparation is important!

Grabbing your dog and a leash, jumping in the car and rushing off to the vet’s office doesn’t always result in a calm, easy vet appointment. For many animals and their humans, a visit to the vet is fraught with nerves, anxiety—and extra poop and pee. Many people however, are starting to realize that things don’t have to be this way! When created consciously, a vet appointment can actually be a cool, fun, healing experience for everyone involved.

Based on my years of work with animals and their humans, the following recipe for a great visit to the vet incorporates spirituality, energy, our desire to connect with our pets and the ability of our animals to help us be the best people we can be:

  • Do whatever you can to be grounded yourself. Our energy is intrinsically linked with the energy of our pets and if we get ungrounded (spacey, nervous, anxious, and disorganized) in a situation such as this, our pets are most likely to mirror that to us.
  • Imagine pulling your energy back into the core of your body (your torso). In your head picture running the explosion of a Star Wars ship backwards (all your energy gets sucked back into you).
  • Drink plenty of water to ensure your energy has a flow to it. This will help to counteract your own body’s desire to tense up around anxiety. Flow is always good!
  • Let your pet know that you will be going to the vet a few days beforehand. Be sure that when you “tell” this to your pet you are in a calm, grounded place. If you feel yourself tensing up during this conversation, stop and either start over more calmly or take a break and come back to it. Your pet won’t hold it against you if you need to restart!
  • Breathe deeply. Those of you who know me know what I mean when I say “belly breaths.” Breathe slowly in through your nose while filling all the way through to your stomach (push your stomach out). Pause, then breathe out slowly through your nose while sucking your stomach in. The will release anxiety. If you are particularly anxious person, this type of breathing will feel completely backwards. It may take a few minutes to figure it out—but once you get it, you’ll know it because you will feel it.
  • Give yourself plenty of time to drive to the office. Worrying about being late or not giving you and your pet enough time to acclimate to the energy of the office could easily un-ground you both. Arrive 5-10 minutes early, sit in the car, relax, and then move slowly as you leave the car. Maintain your clarity and balance!
  • Visualize you and your pet sitting calmly in the waiting room, meeting with the vet. Imagine the air (or energy) all around you is soft, light, puffy and cushioning. Hold this image in your mind before you leave for the trip, while you are driving and while you are in the actual office.
  • Do not play music in the car on the drive over. Additional sounds can add to the stress of a vet visit.
  • Tiring your pet out before the vet visit is also a great way to manage anxiety. Haven’t you noticed it is much harder to be stressed when you want to take a nap?
  • If you have a dog on a leash, notice how you hold the leash. Are you sending tension or anxiety down to him/her through a too tight leash?
  • If you have a cat in a crate, notice if you get tense when you see other animals. Your cat will be able to sense this. While carrying the crate, don’t “turn away” from other animals, remain calm and maintain your balanced energy.
  • Schedule your visit during the middle of the day, rather than during busy after work hours to minimize noises and contact with other animals.
  • Ensure, before you schedule another vet visit, that you feel that you and your pet truly do connect with your vet. Many of my clients have said “well, we don’t love her, but she’s OK.” Why settle for OK? Don’t you want someone helping you whom you really trust and love? Look for a vet who is knowledgeable, but who also takes into account your own observations. After all, you are with your pet every day!
  • Ask your vet to speak only positively about your pet. Rather than saying “he’s fat,” ask him to say “it’s time for you to get him in great shape!” Our pets understand EVERYTHING going on around them and all of the conversations taking place. Help you and your pet work with the Law of Attraction to bring into your lives only those wonderful things you desire.
  • If you notice your pet getting nervous, don’t “reward” this behavior by giving him/her more attention “it’s ok sweetie” or “aw… poor baby”. Instead, re-ground yourself and play your role as the human leader. When you pet sees you in the leadership role, relaxation will come easier.
  • After the visit, thank you pet. Showing gratitude will help everyone feel good and connected—and what’s better than that?!

PS: For those animals who are MUCH too upset or sick to go to the vet, many vets will do home visits. Often for a home visit, more planning is involved, but for some animals and their humans, this really is the best option. Many of my clients have found enduring relationships with a vet who visits their home. A home visit really does create a special connection.

However you choose to go through the vet visit, it will be the right way. Just remember: anything that you didn’t love about your last visit was put there so that you could learn from it and master it next time around. There are no mistakes!

Did I miss any? Please feel free to add your own!

1 reply
  1. Ginny
    Ginny says:

    Excellent post and suggestions, Danielle! I recently had to bring Hobo for some minor surgery. I was very anxious about it and didn’t want to inflict my anxiety onto him, knowing he’d already be stressed. As you suggested, I did most of the prep work on myself first: deep breathing to release tension, visualizing every part of the process going smoothly, and sending positive energy to everyone who might interact with him while he was at the vet. I also kept a small black & white stone with me all day to represent Hobo. Throughout the day I pictured myself patting him, stroking his fur and talking to him. Because I was able to manage my own emotions and fears, he did just fine and recovered much faster than we expected. Thanks, Danielle!


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