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Type of publication: Journal Article
Type of document: Review

Year: 2020

Authors: Pratsch, L; Arhant, C; Windschnurer, I; Affenzeller, N; Riemer, S

Title: Strategien zur Angstreduktion in der Kleintierpraxis Teil 1 – Stressreduzierende Methoden im Umgang mit Hund und Katze.

Other title: Fear-reducing strategies for small animal practice Part 1 - low-stress methods for the interaction with dogs and cats

Source: Kleintierpraxis 2020; 65(10): 548-567.

Authors Vetmeduni Vienna:

Affenzeller Nadja
Arhant Christine
Windschnurer Ines

Vetmed Research Units
University Clinic for Small Animals, Clinical Unit of Internal Medicine Small Animals
Institute of Animal Welfare Science

Fear and anxiety in a veterinary setting are highly prevalent in dogs and cats. This article describes the most important strategies for minimising fear and stress in dogs and cats at the vets. These include adaptation of the infrastructure (e.g. visual barriers and elevated spots for cat carriers in the waiting room), direct interactions with the animals (e.g. non-threatening body language, minimal fixation as much as possible), as far as consideration of the owner's role in the animals' wellbeing. Besides minimising adverse experiences, creating positive associations constitutes an important strategy in avoiding and reducing fear in animals. This can be achieved through the generous use of high-value food rewards or toys. Many measures can be implemented easily and with little time expenditure, thus improving the patients' welfare and the clients' satisfaction.


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