Helping Patients and Staff
We are using classical music in our dedicated cat and dog wards, which we find also helps calm the staff. We also built a wall between the cat and dog waiting area, which helps, but we do find the best thing is always to try and get the cats into the cat-only exam room. We use Feliway in our cat-only exam room and also spray our cat ward blankets and it works great with our patients; we have seen a difference between not using it before and using it now. The staff is a big fan of trazodone/gabapentin given pre-visit for FAS. It has worked wonders on most patients. We also worked with a trainer and got her Fear Free certified. Overall, we have noticed a lot of benefits for the pets and staff members. Thank you for designing such a great course.
Julie K. Levy, DVM, Ph.D., DACVIM, Elite Fear Free Certified Professional, Maddie’s Shelter Medicine Program, University of Florida, Gainesville