Training your pet to do a few simple tricks can help them understand that the veterinary clinic is not a scary place.|
"Target" training and "go to mat" are very helpful skills, as is teaching your pet their body parts.
Here is a video of Bella learning her body parts.
In this video she has learned to offer her belly. While this seems to be a simple trick, when you are afraid, this is a big deal. Offering to lie on her side will enable us to take radiographs (or x-rays if we need to) without causing more stress than the condition that resulted in the patient needing radiographs.