Bring Your Pet Safe

Bring Your Pet Safe

Bringing the pet safe to the Veterinary Clinic creates a positive transport experience that helps to reduce stress for everyone and sets the stage for a successful Fear Free visit and return home for the patient.  Proper carriers and restraint, along with vehicle set up is often overlooked in safe and low stress transport.



What Type?

  • Either hard or soft carriers can work for cats.
  • Choose one that is big enough for the cat to lie down and turn around in, but not so large that the cat won’t feel safe and secure in it.
  • Be sure to find a carrier that has at least two openings and that can be easily taken apart both for use as a bed in the home and if necessary during examinations at the veterinary hospital.

Where Do I Put It?

  • Do not put the carrier in a hidden location
  • Make the carrier an additional piece of furniture
  • For older cats, take the carrier out of its storage location; this helps make the carrier less scary to the cat because it has seen it before
  • Choose a place that the cat already likes to rest and teach them that it is now even better with the carrier there
  • Most cats will prefer the carrier to be placed on an elevated surface rather than on the floor
  • Take the top half of the carrier off so it’s more open

How Do I Get My Cat To Like It?

  • Put the cat’s favorite things around the carrier
  • Play with the cat around the carrier
  • Place a pheromone infused towel or bed and/or an object of clothing permeated with the owner’s scent inside the carrier
  • Place treats, catnip, and toys inside
  • Feed the cat in or near the carrier


  • Do not pull the cat out of a hiding place to put them into the carrier. This will likely increase Fear Anxiety and Stress (FAS)
  • Keep the comfy bedding, familiar scents and pheromones with the carrier, and cover it with a towel for transport.Treats and catnip may make the trip better for some cats.
  • Only transport two cats together if they are comfortable, but be aware while they may be comfortable on the way to the hospital, on the return trip, anxiety may spike and result in fighting.
  • Once the cat is inside of the carrier, carry it like a fragile gift, close to the chest and held with both hands
  • Prepare the car:
    • Play quiet, calm or familiar music
    • Avoid loud startling noises
    • Provide Pheromones
    • Use Towels to block visual stimuli
    • Place the carrier behind the passenger seat on the floor


Avoid forcing the dog into the equipment, punishing the dog for signs of Fear, Anxiety or Stress (FAS), or ignoring signs of FAS during transport.

What Type?

The best restraint type depends on the dog’s size, the vehicle type, and the dog’s and client’s preferences. The ideal restraint should be comfortable for the dog and minimize driver distractions.​

How To Get My Dog To Like It?

Get the dog used to the carrier, crate, seat belt, or other restraint devices in the comfort of the home first. Follow this with practice in the stationary car and finally on short car rides before taking the trip to the veterinary hospital. ​


  • Play quiet, calm or familiar music
  • Avoid loud startling noises
  • Provide Pheromones
  • Food stuffed toys or remote feeding devices
  • Place the carrier behind the passenger seat on the floor

Carrier Training







Car Training


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