The Science of Fear Free
Veterinarian Visit Statistics
More than 75% of dogs and cats are stressed during a veterinary visit
For dogs, the most stressful procedures were rectal temperature (22 %) followed by blood collections, injections and ear exams
For cats, the most stressful procedures for cats are injections (34%) followed by rectal temperature, blood collection, wound treatment and ears
58% of cat owners report their pets hate going to the veterinarian
38% of dog owners report their pets hate going to the veterinarian
Evidence shows that dogs are less fearful in an exam room than in the reception area or the treatment area. As well, owner contact is shown to decrease heart rate, temperature, and attempts to jump off the table. Separating pets from their owners can cause anxiety, however, keeping in mind that an anxious owner can also add to a pet’s fear and anxiety.
Positive experiences at the veterinary clinic results in pets being less fearful at subsequent visits. Cats that had fear free experiences including,
Taken directly into the exam room,
Allowed to exit their cage voluntarily,
And their owners present displayed no difference in heart rate, temperature, respiration or blood pressure between home visits and veterinary visits.
Why Medication Can Be an Asset?
Medication has been experimentally proven to help reduce fear and anxiety related to car rides and veterinary visits. Oral medication prior to veterinary visits, compared to manual restraint and injectable medication, resulted in improved cooperation and behavior.
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