It’s great to give your dog or cat some time around other animals, but what you may not know is that it’s also an important part of their development. Socialization is not just about making your pet more comfortable around other people, animals, and situations. Still, it also helps them develop for later on in life.
#1: Your pet can experience constant stress
A poorly socialized pet is often fearful of the world around them and can develop anxiety. For example, a puppy who was never positively exposed to loud sounds when young can become so fearful during thunderstorms and fireworks that they injure themselves. Exposing your pet to many sounds, sights, and experiences when they’re young can help desensitize them to potentially frightening things. Use plenty of treats, praise, and other pets to reward them for being brave when exposing your pet to new things.
#2: Your pet may not receive regular veterinary care
Pets who panic during their veterinary visits typically don’t receive as much veterinary care as those who tolerate or enjoy their appointments. Suppose a cat becomes hard to handle as soon as they see the carrier come out. In that case, their owner may be tempted to skip their feline friend’s annual exam, especially if their pet appears healthy. We understand visiting the veterinarian can be scary for pets, so we do everything to ensure it’s a pleasant experience. If your pet becomes fearful, stressed, or anxious during their visit, ask us about anti-anxiety options to help soothe them.
#3: Your pet may not receive enough exercise
If your dog turns into a terror when they’re on a leash, barking and lunging at passing people and pets, you may stick to your backyard for exercise. Oftentimes, dogs who display such behaviors while out walking aren’t aggressive—they’re actually anxious and trying to warn off approaching strangers. By socializing your puppy to accept new people and pets, both of you can have much more pleasant walks.
Socializing your pet requires exposing them to many different situations, people, and pets in a positive way. Keep your furry friend safe from infectious diseases by scheduling an appointment with our team for appropriate vaccinations.