Yesterday, I had a Fear Free experience that was new to me (a rarity)! A mother and daughter presented their adorable Westie, Daisy, for vaccination. Daisy’s emotional record shows she sometimes experiences increased FAS for needle-sticks, and she has dietary restrictions for medical reasons. I placed prilocaine cream over the planned vaccination areas, and while I waited for it to work, I discussed distraction strategies for Daisy’s vaccinations. The client’s daughter had a wonderful idea: Daisy loves TV shows about dogs! Mom provided her cell phone, and the daughter found Daisy’s favorite program about Westies on YouTube. She turned on the program and let Daisy settle in to watch. Once Daisy was settled with her favorite show, we vaccinated her in the areas where prilocaine was applied, and she didn’t even notice. Her family was thrilled with this Fear Free result!
Monique Feyrecilde, CVT, VTS (Behavior), Elite Fear Free Certified Professional, Mercer Island Veterinary Clinic, Mercer Island, Washington