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Some tips to make visits to the vet less stressful for pet parents and their pets

Recent research undertaken by Hill’s Pet Nutrition revealed that over 60% of South African pet parents believe that they are putting their fur babies at risk, if they do not take them for their annual check-up. “Yet believing this and doing it is something completely different,” says Dr Guy Fyvie, Hill’s nutritional advisor. Trying to get our pets to the vet can be daunting for many of us and this is enough to even put off a much needed visit, unless it is absolutely necessary. 

Dr Fyvie says that by putting off an annual vet checkup, we unfortunately put our pets at risk. A 30 minute checkup could make a lifetime’s difference because early detection means early intervention and in many cases better prognosis and outcomes. To help make the trip to the vet that much easier, Hill’s asked South African pet parents to share their best tips, some of the top ones were:

In addition to the above Dr Fyvie has some further advice to help making visits to the vet for pet parents and their fur babies a less stressful experience:

Lastly, Dr Fyvie says that the more your pet visits the vet, the more comfortable they will become with the process. “So make use of Hill’s special offer this winter and visit your vet for their annual checkup.” Pet parents can go to and find out how to save up to R950 (terms and conditions apply) on their next vet visit.

*Based on online consumer research conducted by Answered Insight: n=1000, South African Pet Owners, aged 18 years & older.

Date Published: 01 December 2020