Pet Bites, Veterinary Teams, and Helping Your Pets Stay Calm

November 24th, 2014 by Daniel Mudrick

How many jobs include a real risk of being attacked every day? Working in a veterinary clinic is one of those careers.

We do everything we can to make your pets feel at ease in our clinic, but sometimes the vet visit is too stressful and a pet may act out in an aggressive way.

A recent article from dvm360, a leading publication of veterinary news and pet health topics, features veterinary teams talking frankly about getting bitten.

In fact, “83% of team members say they’ve been bitten by an animal in veterinary practice”. Cats and dogs appear to be equally responsible for these bites; however, cat bites have more potential to become serious infections.

Lindsay Bond, an RVT from Kansas, is quoted in the article: 

This is a great article that offers some insight into the everyday lives of veterinary teams and what the veterinary community is doing to help pets feel more comfortable when they come to visit. A cat or dog doesn’t bite because they are vicious – they bite because they are anxious and scared.

The veterinary and pet care community has devoted research to helping pets feel safer during veterinary visits. This isn’t just to make work safer for the veterinary staff, but to make the experience of going to the vet the least stressful it can be for pets and their owners.

What We Do at Clarkson Village Animal Hospital to Make Your Pets More Comfortable

We have several ways that we try to ease anxiety for our patients:

  • We handle pets gently (particularly cats who dislike being handled).
  • We use plug-in diffusers in the hospital that emit calming pheromones only pets can detect and be affected by.
  • If your pet seems particularly fearful and anxious, we strongly encourage you to give your pet a supplement or medication (depending on circumstances) that will help relieve the stress and create a more peaceful visit. This would be given about 2 hours before the visit. When you weigh it out, it is far kinder to use these safe treatments, rather than having anxiety and stress.
  • For cats, who are typically more stressed about travel and vet visits, we provide an information sheet with tips you can follow before your visit to help relax your cat. Click here to download it now!

Although pet bites are never out of the question for veterinary teams, we’re glad to say that we, and other progressive vet clinics across the world, are improving our practices to reduce the risk – and enhance the comfort of our patients.

>> If you’re not sure how to make your pet less anxious for their next vet visit, don’t hesitate to contact us now! We’re always happy to help.

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About Daniel Mudrick

I'm the owner and founder of Clarkson Village Animal Hospital, a state-of-the-art veterinary hospital that's open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. Clarkson Village Animal Hospital has always been a dream of mine, and by caring for one patient at a time, the hospital has continued to grow. During those rare times when I'm not at the hospital, I'm at yoga, hiking, gardening, and spending time with my family. I also enjoy reading to stay current on the most recent advances in veterinary medicine.

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