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February 11, 2019

Heart Smart: Conducting Fear Free Cardiology Exams for Puppies and Kittens

By assuring owners that cardiac exams are pain free and by handling animals in a gentle way that ensures minimal stress, veterinarians and veterinary cardiologists can contribute to early recognition of cardiac disease, identify dogs with potential genetic defects or traits that might be passed on to other dogs in future breedings, and uncover problems that may cause cardiac health issues in the dog in the future.
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February 4, 2019

Take a Fear Free Approach to Sharing the Fear Free Approach with Colleagues

Introducing Fear Free techniques to colleagues who aren’t familiar with them or who may be resistant to change can be daunting, but Fear Free principles apply to people as well as pets. Here’s how they can help.
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January 28, 2019

Don’t Leave Me: Why, When, and How to “Take Pets to the Back”

Pet owners may object to having their animals “taken to the back.” Here’s what to consider when deciding whether it’s necessary.
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January 21, 2019

Healing Touch: Fear Free Techniques Help Pets Belonging to Homeless People

When Dr. Laurie Peek showed up for her first shift providing care to animals living with people who were homeless, she didn’t have much in the way of resources beyond veterinary skills, her own two hands, and her Fear Free training. It turns out that was enough to make a huge difference for the pets and people she served.
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January 7, 2019

Ways to Minimize Stress Diarrhea In Patients

We have all been there. The embarrassed client who pokes her head in the door and asks if we have a hose to clean her dog off. The carrier with the yowling cat and the fetid odor with an owner who is embarrassed and says her cat “might need a little cleaning and could the carrier be cleaned too?”
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January 7, 2019

Nutraceuticals for Fear, Anxiety, and Stress? What to Consider

Do you have clients asking about using nutraceuticals for their pets’ behavior issues? Here’s a primer on what they can—and can’t—do.
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January 4, 2019

Helping Pet Owners Overcome Fear, Anxiety, and Stress About Their Pets’ Dental Procedures

Recent resources have focused on how to manage fear, anxiety, and stress in the hospitalized or emergent patient. But what about the FAS our clients experience, specifically regarding dental procedures?
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December 17, 2018

Quack Or On Track? How To Deal With Dr. Google

Many years ago when I worked as a veterinary technician, I spent much of my time “translating” the doctor’s medical-speak into language that pet parents more easily understood. Clients felt inhibited about asking the veterinarian for clarification, embarrassed they didn’t understand, and reluctant to “waste the doctor’s time.”
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