I know people who just don’t seem to miss a beat when they have a dental appointment. It’s just a blip on their radar in life. Me? Oh, it’s cause for nothing short of a mental and physical meltdown. The appointment written on my kitchen wall’s calendar can be in blue ink but it might as well be bright, flashing red neon. My anxiety starts about two weeks prior… seriously. My family and friends laugh at what a mess I can become. Routine cleaning? Check-up? Stressful…. a cavity and a filling or a cap? Just knock me out… three days prior, please. I become physically queasy during the drive to my dentist’s office. And here’s the kicker – I like my dentist. He is a gentle, caring practitioner. It’s just, well, he is a dentist and I religiously get anxious going to the dentist, ever since I was a kid and had to have some teeth pulled (to my 9 year old’s self surprise).
Today, as an adult, part of my stress management is talking about it or expressing it in some way, shape or form. As a human, I am able and get to do just this. I can vocalize my anxiety, nervousness and fear.
Fido or Fi-fi? Not so lucky. Unfortunately, pets cannot verbalize what is causing their discomfort. Instead, they must rely on exhibiting their distress through physical signs of nervousness, fear and stress by way of their behavior. Knowing the signs and possible causes of anxiety can help you to manage and ease your pet’s distress. Signs and symptoms can include excessive barking or meowing, whining, pacing, panting, restlessness or running around, cowering, trembling, shaking and/or hiding under furniture, in the bathroom or freezing to the spot.
Many cats and dogs share the same feelings I have about the dentist when it comes to going to the vet or the groomers. Whether it is directly correlated to a painful or scary experience from a past visit, or just their habit of reacting to things and events they don’t understand and thus perceive as a threat, it can make even a car ride be their trigger.
It is our belief and philosophy here at Aussie Pet Mobile that your pet’s grooming appointment should be both convenient for you and not stressful for your pet. We can remove the trigger of the car ride or the kennel cage they may have to sit in while waiting for the groomer at a more traditional grooming operation or veterinary office. If it is the actual process of the grooming that causes anxiety for your pet, our team is experienced in handling your sensitive companions that may need a little extra time and attention. Because your pet is the only one in our mobile spa at one time, they have our undivided attention in a quiet, low-stress environment.
Their spa experience is just steps from the comfort and security of their home, where we will gently pet and caress, coax and soothe your beloved pet while they’re bathed and coiffed using only the finest products our industry has to offer.
Give us a call at Aussie Pet Mobile and we can help take away the fear and anxiety your pet expereiences when being groomed. Our phone number is 770-521-2240.