A doctor’s appointment is probably not the most awaited thing on your schedule. Trust me, your four-legged friend is likely equally unimpressed. And “unimpressed” is a soft word to refer to many people's experience of feeling anxious, nauseated and simply in fear before knocking on a GP’s or a vet’s door.
Some of us fear that the doctor will find something seriously wrong with us or our pets, others dread the “uncertainty” of whatever it is they are going to find out in their office.
And while we fight our demons armed with “what if” scenarios, some doctors and veterinarians take an extra step to make sure not just our health but also our state of being is in a good place.
So as a tribute to them, Bored Panda compiled this list with heartwarming examples of doctors and vets making us feel less miserable and way brighter. Whether it’s a simple comforting gesture or some cute decor in their office that makes you smile, little things work wonders!
Saw This Next To The Weighting Scale At The Hospital
My Local Vet Has A Sign And Candle For When Someone’s Saying Goodbye To Their Pet
In Spanish-Speaking Countries, The Tooth Fairy Is A Mouse (Ratoncito Pérez). This Is My Dentist Office
To find out why so many of us feel that anxious about visiting a doctor or a vet, we spoke with Dr. Rory Lubold, the chief medical operations officer at Galaxy Vets. “A trip to the doctor is stressful for all of us, pets included. There is an added level of anxiety with a trip to the veterinarian because we can’t explain to our pets why we have taken them away from home.”
Moreover, for pets, the veterinary office is a place with unfamiliar smells, sounds and other pets they don’t know, Rory explained. “There is often something invasive done, such as a temperature being taken and their daily routine is interrupted by this car trip, which can be stressful as well. There are specific items and attire, such as scrubs, white coats, stethoscopes, and other equipment that pets can associate with it,” he told us.
A Doctor Made A "Special Prescription" For An Illiterate Patient
Rory explained that the stress with a doctor’s visit is often associated with the anticipation of unpleasant things, and the fear of the unknown. “For pet parents, it is the fear of learning that something is wrong with their pet or the unknown costs associated with treating the pet. There can also be a negative association with a veterinarian’s office because it is the place to go when your pet has an emergency, is very ill, or where you might have had to say goodbye to a pet.”
This May Not Seem Like Much, But After 10 Years, I Am Stepping Down As A Practicing Veterinarian. This Is Every Thank You Card And Picture That I've Received Over The Last Decade
The chief medical operations office at Galaxy Vets added that pets are also very intuitive and will pick up on the stress and anxiety from their parents, which can add to their own discomfort.
When asked whether there’s anything to be done to make the patients feel less stressed, Rory said that veterinary clinics have indeed many ways to make this experience less stressful and still provide excellent medicine. “There are simple things such as keeping the clinic very clean to reduce smells, adding pheromones to lower pet stress, and creating positive associations, such as treats and visits where nothing bad happens.”
This Coffee Mug In My Doctor's Office Telling It Like It Is
At The Local Vet's
We Really Take Post-Op Care Seriously At My Job. Cuddles Is The Best Medicine
“The most effective way to comfort patients is to change how veterinary practices approach delivering care. Veterinary clinics may add virtual care to help answer questions and treat minor conditions without a stressful trip. If a relationship with a pet and its family exists, many questions can be answered and conditions treated with a low-stress video or phone call,” Rory explained.
This Was Outside My Local Vet's Office. It Made My Day And I Hope It Makes Yours
Always Choose The Doctor With A Sense Of Humor
Friend's Daughter Is Afraid Of Monsters In Her Closet. The Doctor Had The Pharmacy Fill This For Her
Another way to comfort pets is to help their parents better understand the cost expectations for care. It turns out that “financial stress is one of the most significant issues in treating pets and both pet parents and veterinary teams feel this stress.” Rory said that “we can help with the addition of clear payment options, pet insurance, and wellness programs that distribute the costs for care over a longer period of time.”
My Cousin's Costume. He's A Dentist. And Yes, He's At Work
Dropped Her Off At The Vet As A Dog. Picked Her Up From The Vet As A Taco
My Outdoor Cat Is So Fat The Vet Added A New Category In The Diagram Just For Charlie
My Friend's Work Requires A Doctor's Note If You Call In Sick
Babies Born In The Festive Period Are Wrapped Up In Christmas Stockings
The Was On The Whiteboard Outside Of Radiology At My Vet Hospital
Kitty Got A Boo Boo And The Vet Made His Body Cast Look Like A Little Shirt And Tie
Saw This At My Doctor's Office, Definitely Neat With The New Covid Vaccine Coming Out
A Client At My Friend's Vet Clinic Told Them It Was Their Dogs B-Day Today So Post-Op They Did This
Had To Get My Blood Drawn Today. This Was On The Wall At The Lab
My Vet Has An Empty Cabinet In The Exam Rooms Specifically For Cats To Hide In When They’re Not Being Examined
Best Pain Scale Ever. Found At My Wife's Doctor's Office
My Doctor Has Kept All The Pictures Kids Have Drawn Of Him
My Doctor's Office Has A Legitimate Stool Sample
Doctors Paint The MRI Machine In The Children's Clinic To Look Like A Submarine
Went To My Local Vet Clinic To Drop Off My Dog For Surgery And Was Surprised To See This Awesome Fish Tank/Dog House
Back At The Very Start Of The Pandemic, I Had To Take My Mom To Urgent Care For A Non-Covid Issue, And This Was The Doctor That Entered The Room
I still can't get it out of my head.