April 22, 2019

How Scent Affects Patients and Clients in the Clinic

Take away a dog or cat's sense of smell and you’ve taken away their ability to interpret their world, adding more stress to an already stressful situation. By understanding the effects of scents, you can help them stay calm.
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April 15, 2019

When You Suspect Animal Abuse: What to Do

When veterinarians and staff suspect abuse, they should be prepared to contact authorities with their concerns. Here’s what to know about recognizing signs and protecting pets.
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April 10, 2019

Dog Bite Prevention Basics for the Pet Professional

Dog bites are a dangerous risk faced by people who work with animals as well as dog owners. Veterinarians play an important role in their own safety, the safety of their staff and clients, and the welfare of the pets in their care.
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April 10, 2019

Gentle Handling Techniques for Osteoarthritis Exams

The basic premise of Fear Free is that we ensure our patients have a comfortaable experience while preventing fear, anxiety, and stress (FAS). One area where this can be impacted is during the physical examination. Keeping the patient calm and relaxed can be difficult when they're healthy -- if they have pain from an underlying condition like osteoarthritis it can be extra challenging.
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April 8, 2019

What to Know About Recognizing Signs of FAS in Avian Patients

Specific signals of fear, anxiety, and stress (FAS) to attend to differ slightly by species, but what remains constant across the board for delivering Fear Free care is to attend to what animals communicate through their body language.
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April 2, 2019

Fear Free, but Just Enough: Reducing Stress in Wildlife Patients

Wild animals need special handling to reduce stress while maintaining their wariness toward humans.
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March 25, 2019

Study Shows Benefits of Pheromone Product for Multicat Homes

Conflict among cats can result in health problems and in cats losing their homes, but study results suggest that a multicat pheromone product, paired with education about cat behavior, can help to reduce inter-cat conflict.
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March 18, 2019

Heart Start: Conducting Certification Examinations for Breeding Animals

Once breeding animals reach physical maturity, they require further testing to ensure that they are free of genetic heart disease that could be passed on to offspring.
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