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Getting Your Dog to the Vet Fear Free

posted by Dr. Deb on February 22nd, 2015 in Behavior, Dogs, Hospital Announcements

The Tucson Cimarron Animal Hospital Team is committed to providing a Fear Free veterinary experience, to the best of our ability, for every pet we care for.

Here are our suggestions for Fear Free Veterinary Visits:

Bring your dog’s favorite treats with you.

  • Give a couple small bites in the car
  • Give a bite when you arrive in the waiting room, while practicing “Sit” and “Lie down”
  • Give a bite when you settle into the exam room, again while practicing calm behaviors
  • Save the rest for your veterinary care team!  This way, they will have more opportunity to give treats to help make the experience        more pleasant!

Do not feed your pet after 6:00 pm the night before a visit so they are more willing to take treats along the way.

 Practice Riding in the Car, if your dog is not a big fan.

  • Let him eat treats in the car, without turning it on
  • Gradually get him to get in the car for treats
  • Let him eat treats with the car on, without driving
  • Reward calm behavior in the car with treats.

 Ask your Veterinarian for a Canine Calming Kit for anxiety or carsickness a few days ahead of your visit if needed

 Visit your Veterinary Clinic for “Happy Visits” during slow times, when things are calm. Call your clinic ahead of time, to make sure the place is going to be quiet.

  • Practice calm behaviors like “Sit”, “wait”, and “Down”
  • Practice getting on and off the scale, giving a treat for a calm “Sit” on the scale.
  •  Practice walking through doors that make that your pet nervous.
  •  Practice being on the Exam table. Make sure your pet’s favorite treats are always there! Ask your  veterinary care team if you can just practice without an exam – only loves and pets.
  • Let your Vet Care Team give treats too! Either use yours or let them “spoil” your pet with something new and different!  Speak up if your pet has any food allergies or is on a Prescription diet!

 Schedule Mini Training Sessions for your Pet with your Veterinary Behavior Technician/ Assistant for special issues like these:

  • Fear of nail trims
  • Fear of ear exams
  • Fear of face handling

             Cimarron’s Veterinary Assistant Leeanne is a PetSmart Certified Trainer and has over 20 hours in veterinary behavior modification continuing education just this year!  A short, 15 minute session only costs  $15.  She does training by appointment during our quieter hours, to teach pets to be calmer.

Monday 12:00 pm-2:00 pm*
Tuesday 12:00 pm- 2:00 pm
Wednesday 9:00 am- 2:00 pm
Thursday 12:00 pm- 2:00 pm
Friday 12:00 pm- 2:00 pm*
Saturday 12:00 pm- 1:30 pm

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 Some Tools that can help:

  • “Happy  Doggy Pheromones” such as Adaptil in the carrier, in the car on your vet and in their                        exam rooms mimic the soothing scents of mama’s milk glands (really!)
  • ThundershirtsR/ Anxiety WrapsR—their firm swaddling effect calms many anxious dogs.
  • Natural Supplements such as Anxitanetm, Zylkenetm and Composuretm  given at home for 2-24           hours before a visit can really help with mild anxiety.
  • Prescription oral medications may be needed for pets with more significant anxiety. Anxiety                      medications need to be tailored to each individual pet (just like humans!) since pets react differently to                different medications.  If one type of medication or one dose doesn’t work something different can be          tried  next time until you find the right combination of treatments that makes both you and your pet the most comfortable.
  •  Injectable medication or additional oral medications can also be given by our Veterinarian once you are in the clinic if your dog is still very anxious. This is a very valuable tool in allowing a stress free examination, blood collection or other testing. It may cost a little more, but you and your pet will both enjoy the experience much more!

 If you have questions about helping your pet have a more Fear Free Veterinary Experience, please contact us!  Remember, the Fear Free Veterinary Visit really starts at home.  Let us know if your pet has Veterinary Anxiety when you make your appointment!

520 886-1125     info@cimarronah.com    Send Inquiries here   

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