Visiting the vet with your Cavalier King Charles

George the Cavalier King Charles after a trip to the vet

George after the vet

One of the most important responsibilities of owning a Cavalier is to find a really good, reputed vet for the dog.  This breed is prone to quite a few illnesses unfortunately, and having a reliable vet on hand from the start of the dog’s life with you is a good thing.

When you buy your puppy from a reputed breeder most if not all the vaccines should already have been administered.  However, you need to take the dog for a medical check-up and to familiarise it with the vet’s clinic.  Your puppy may not be overly fond of visiting the vet’s clinic, but its something that needs to be done.  Transport the puppy safely in a pet carrier that is secured inside your vehicle.

Here are a few tips on visiting the vet with your Cavalier King Charles spaniel.

  • Make sure your dog is on a leash when you take it out of the pet carrier.  Small dogs feel safer inside the carrier and it is a measure of protection against any larger or aggressive animals you may encounter at the vet’s.  Use a short leash and halter to prevent the dog from getting tangled up in furniture or with other animals.
  • Very small dogs like the Cavalier do not require muzzling, but you need to check with your vet about the clinic’s rules.   Some vets insist on muzzling the dog and it can be a frightening experience for the dog.  If you have to use the muzzle, let your pet get used to the device in the non-threatening environment of the home.
  • Carry some treats with you when you take your dog to visit the vet.  Here again you may want to ask about feeding rules that apply in the vet’s clinic.  Handing out a treat inside the waiting room will help to calm your pet down and focus attention on the treat rather than the other occupants of the room.
  • Always carry your Cavalier’s medial records with you when you take the dog to the vet.  The file should contain the history of the pet from the puppy stage including information on vaccines, illnesses and other relevant details.

It is recommended that you take your Cavalier to the vet at least once every six months for a general check-up.  Finding a good vet will require research.  You can ask friends who own Cavaliers for recommendations and actually pay the vet a visit to scope out the doctor and the clinic.

Next time we will look at the different vaccinations that are essential for your Cavalier King Charles to have.

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