Veterinarians fully understand the “white coat syndrome.” Seeing a grownup in a white lab coat puts dread into the hearts of pets and children alike. Children are often afraid of veterinarians as much as pets are because they fear the white lab coat. After all, the other person they see in a lab coat often has a needle in his hand aimed right at them. Find a veterinarian who will take time to establish a rapport with your child. Veterinarians usually enjoy seeing children and welcome their participation in routine pet care visits.
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A calm conversation and a small treat for both the pet and the child will make the visit more than bearable. The right doctor may even make it enjoyable. Veterinarians take children seriously and want to include them in pet care. Doctors realize that when they communicate well with children, they are essentially educating the next generation of pet owners.
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