What to take to the vets and how to get there

Find out how what to take to the vet and how to get there to ensure your trip is as stress-free as possible.

labrador and owner looking away in waiting room

Taking your dog to the vet can be stressful for both you and your dog, but it doesn’t have to be. Follow our handy checklist to help give you the best experience possible.

What to take with you to the vet

List of questions

Start jotting down questions as soon as you’ve booked your appointment, so you don’t forget to ask everything you want to while you’re there. This will also be useful if someone else has to take your dog to the vet for you.


Your dog’s current medication in case your vet decides to change it.

Muzzle (if you need one)

If your dog needs to wear a muzzle during the appointment, it is better if it’s theirs, as it will be familiar. It should also fit comfortably and might be a different type to those available in the clinic.

Short lead

You’ll need a soft and comfy lead (not a long or retractable one), to keep your dog under control and prevent them from tangling or tripping anyone up.


Having their own blanket can help your dog settle in the waiting room. Take a blanket that you are happy to leave at the clinic with your dog if they are admitted, so their kennel will smell familiar.

Food or treats

Take along some treats as the clinic might not have their favourites. A tube of squeezy-cheese or a pot of meat or fish paste might provide a longer-lasting distraction during the appointment. You could let your dog lick this from a mat, or a food releasing toy while they’re …

Photo and videos of your dog

Your dog’s symptoms, like a limp, might be easier to see in photographs or videos taken while they’re relaxed at home. Bringing some videos could reduce the amount of time the vet needs to handle your dog at the clinic. Don’t put your dog into a situation they find …

Travelling to the vet

Keep calm

This shows your dog that they can look to you for guidance and reassurance.


If you are walking, plan your route to avoid situations your dog might struggle with or find distracting, like noisy school playgrounds or busy bus stops. The calmer the walk, the calmer your dog is likely to be. Leave plenty of time so you're not rushing and if your dog …


If you are driving, make sure you follow the rules of the road; dogs must be suitably restrained so they can’t distract the driver or risk injuring anyone or themselves if the vehicle stops suddenly. Seat belt harnesses, pet carriers, dog crates or boot-guards are …


If you are taking a cab, you need to get your dog used to travelling in the car, perhaps with a familiar item — like a blanket or toy.

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