Frequently in our jobs at veterinary hospitals, shelters or even boarding facilities, we’re so used to dealing with animals and trying to get our jobs done quickly that we forget how our actions can affect the animal or look to the clients. Here are 5 tips for handling dogs and cats in a caring manner.
Category: Low Stress Handling
According to the Bayer veterinary care usage study funded by Bayer HealthCare LLC, Animal Health Division, fear and stress prompt 39% of owners to take their cats to the vet hospital only in cases of emergencies, and 37.6% of owners feel stressed just thinking about going to the vet. However, in some cases, the Thundershirt can have a clear positive effect and the effects are quick.
Every day, pets are brought to our hospitals in this state of confusion and fear and we expect them to remain calm and cooperate for procedures. We poke them and prod them and carelessly flop them into various positions when they have no clue what we want. This type of treatment can make pet’s worse with each visit. In other words by treating pets in this manner we may be sending them home behaviorally worse or with a virtual behavioral “broken leg.” This article provides 6 tips that petcare professionals can implement immediately in order to improve our handling and treatment of pets and to create a pet-friendly atmosphere. By following these tips hospitals will become more efficient and have happier pets and satisfied clients.