A fear of needles is the number-one most dreaded thing in human medicine. We’re not talking timidity here. Put needles in the same heart-pounding, throat-tightening, face-flushed category as spiders and snakes. If this weren’t bad enough, it can truly be doubly worse at the veterinary hospital where both the pet and pet owner can explode in a full-blown panic attack in the exam room on sight of a 22-gauge ¾-inch needle.
Pet owners, and people in general, tend to ignore problems until they become too troublesome to ignore. It’s human nature to put off dealing with things if we’re not sure how to proceed or think it will be too much work. If you live in an area that’s prone to thunderstorms, though, you can help clients stave off pet fears and phobias before they become serious.
Have you ever wished you had a simple guide to help your clients take their dogs from fearful to Fear Free? One that was not only supportive of the veterinary relationship, but written by boarded veterinary behaviorists, a nationally recognized veterinarian, and a credentialed and experienced trainer -- all Fear Free Certified?
A cat’s golden years occur in three stages: mature (7 to 10 years), senior (11 to 14 years), and geriatric (15 years and up). This period can be the most rewarding for cat owners—who may be aging right along with their pets and thus can identify with their ailments—as well as for the veterinarians who care for them.
A new human-animal bond certification program for veterinarians, veterinary nurses and practice managers was announced at VMX in Orlando, Florida. Veterinarians, researchers and academics developed the course.
If you treat cats in your practice-and I'm guessing that most of you do-you may or may not know that you can thank the Winn Feline Foundation for much of the knowledge you have about treating them. Over the past 50 years, Winn has funded nearly everything important that has been revealed about cat health, and to no surprise, is also an avid supporter of Fear Free.
Owners often ask pet sitters about health issues, and it's not unusual for pet sitters to notice a health problem before the owner does, simply because they're seeing the pet with a fresh eye. But pet sitters aren't veterinarians.