Are you ready to take the scary out of a pet's exam? Consider this approach for a more enriching experience.
Prep the exam room for patient arrival. This includes soft lamp lighting (spot lighting from phone when needed), calming music, white noise, a thick mat for floor seating if preferred, a variety of treats, supplies for the exam and diagnostics at the ready. Remember, when people enter and exit rooms, this is arousing to the pet and can increase stress. It’s also a good idea to have a laptop on hand for scheduling rechecks. This minimizes the pet’s time in the lobby.
Position the animal according to the patient’s preference for exams, diagnostics and treatment to minimize the pet’s stress. Fear and stress activate flight, fight, freeze or fidget responses. It’s important to maintain the perception of flight to minimize escalation to fight. (All images courtesy of Medvet Medical & Cancer Center.)