Keep calm and Fear Free on

We asked 750 veterinarians which Fear Free methods they regularly do, sometimes do, could do but don’t, and which methods seem to difficult or don’t interest them. We found that a softer, gentler veterinary experience is gaining traction. Are you on board?
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Jul 24, 2014
By dvm360.com staff

Explore the breakdown of data gleaned from 750 veterinarians who participated in the dvm360 survey Veterinarians’ Attitudes About Fear Free Practice, Advanstar Veterinary, October 2013. Overall, results show most veterinarians are familiar with Fear Free practices, but aren’t necessarily implementing them. However, nearly all agree that decreasing fear could increase visits. 

Recommend crate/carrier training to clients 

69% Regularly do this now

27% Sometimes do this

3.5% Could do this but don’t now

1% Seems too difficult

0% Not interested 

Proactively offer pharmaceuticals or supplements for relaxing pets before visits clients 

17% Regularly do this now

55% Sometimes do this

22% Could do this but don’t now

3% Seems too difficult

4% Not interested 

Use species-specific pheromones in your facility 

34% Regularly do this now

29% Sometimes do this

30% Could do this but don’t now

3% Seems too difficult

4% Not interested 

Use species-specific pheromones on your clothing 

11% Regularly do this now

16% Sometimes do this

61% Could do this but don’t now

4% Seems too difficult

8% Not interested 

Schnauzer

Request clients bring pets in hungry (if not medically contraindicated) so they readily accept treats 

6% Regularly do this now

13% Sometimes do this

63% Could do this but don’t now

6% Seems too difficult

12% Not interested 

Offer pets treats almost continually during visits (if not medically contraindicated

33% Regularly do this now

36% Sometimes do this

22% Could do this but don’t now

3% Seems too difficult

6% Not interested 

Separate cats and dogs in the waiting area 

29% Regularly do this now

19% Sometimes do this

21% Could do this but don’t now

28% Seems too difficult

4% Not interested 

Offer clients with cats a cover for their carriers 

11% Regularly do this now

20% Sometimes do this

61% Could do this but don’t now

4% Seems too difficult

4% Not interested 

Sleepy cat

Recommend that clients with cats not set carriers on the floor in the waiting area

14% Regularly do this now

20% Sometimes do this

58% Could do this but don’t now

5% Seems too difficult 4% Not interested 

4% Not interested

Give cats time to acclimate in the exam roomtraining to clients 

30% Regularly do this now

46% Sometimes do this

19% Could do this but don’t now

3% Seems too difficult

2% Not interested 

Let dogs approach the doctor or team members rather than approaching them

57% Regularly do this now

35% Sometimes do this

6% Could do this but don't now

1% Seems too difficult

1% Not interested

Conduct exams on the floor or examine smaller pets in your lap 

48% Regularly do this now

38% Sometimes do this

7% Could do this but don’t now

3% Seems too difficult

4% Not interested 

Black lab

Take specific steps to reduce noise in the practice 

41% Regularly do this now

31% Sometimes do this

20% Could do this but don’t now

6% Seems too difficult

1% Not interested 

Use pet massage before or during exams 

15% Regularly do this now

26% Sometimes do this

37% Could do this but don’t now

11% Seems too difficult

12% Not interested 

Play music composed for pets 

4% Regularly do this now

5% Sometimes do this

50% Could do this but don’t now

15% Seems too difficult

26% Not interested 

Use sedation for examinations and other noninvasive procedures if necessary to clients 

30% Regularly do this now

56% Sometimes do this

10% Could do this but don’t now

2% Seems too difficult

3% Not interested 

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