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How To Reduce Pet Fear at the Vet | Care2 Healthy Living

How To Reduce Pet Fear at the Vet | Care2 Healthy Living

“Shame on me!” I thought as I stood in the lobby of my own veterinary hospital 15 years ago. I was watching as one of my valued clients was dragging her dog into the hospital. The dog was a delightful Border Collie who obviously did not want to be there. There were two questions that came to mind: (1) Does this animal act like this at other locations? (Answer, no.) (2) Has she been to another veterinary hospital that I can blame for her fear? (No again.) Dogs simply don’t lie or make up stories. This dog had been treated in such a way that she didn’t want to ever come here again. Not only was I embarrassed, but I wondered if this veterinary phobia might also influence loving owners who would not want to come to a place that frightens pets. Being a veterinarian and owning my own practice had long been a dream for me. Now I felt terrible that either I or someone I was respon...

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