The Fear Free Movement Continues at Oakview Vet

Last year ten members of our staff completed the first level of certification of the Fear Free program developed by Dr. Marty Becker. The goal of the Fear Free program is to provide the best care for our patients by limiting fear, anxiety and stress as much as possible during a veterinary visit.. This year we have decided to continue onto the second level of certification. The second level of certification provides more in-depth education in the areas of patient handling, advanced handling techniques, and in-hospital care. In addition to step by step procedures, the modules feature numerous videos detailing procedures, handling techniques and client communication examples. Each member who is completing the second level certification views the module and completes a quiz at the end. We then meet monthly to discuss what we learned and how to best utilize the information in our daily practice.

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Our staff feels it is important to continue learning how to recognize fear, anxiety and stress (FAS) in your pets and the best methods to minimize these as much as possible. Our goal at Oakview Veterinary Medical Center is to make your, and your pet’s, visit to our clinic as stress free and enjoyable as possible. This helps us do our jobs better by allowing us to deliver high quality care as we look after the physical and emotional well-being of our patients. We then can practice better medicine because we can get more accurate vital signs and diagnoses, thus providing the best treatment options.

When your pet is relaxed and eating delicious treats during their visit at the clinic it is easier for our veterinarians to complete a thorough physical exam. This is as important during a wellness exam as it is when your pet is sick. Because our patients can’t tell us what is wrong, or where it hurts, we must rely on our pet owner’s observations and the physical exam to tell us where to look or what tests to run. Often during a wellness visit we find new lumps or dental disease that owners were not aware of. If a pet is stressed and it is difficult to complete the exam, then we may not find these important issues.

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A cheese beard is a sign of a happy vet visit!

We have patients that love coming to our clinic, gladly take treats and allow a comprehensive physical exam. But we also have patients that are nervous, stressed or fearful. One way we can decrease the anxiety associated with a trip to the veterinary clinic is through “happy visits.” Happy visits are just that, a visit to the clinic that is a pleasant experience. This month we will detail what happy visits entail and give some examples of how they may help your pet feel less anxious about a veterinary clinic visit.

For more information about how we currently implement fear free at Oakview, please visit our website.

by Lisa Karnitz, DVM

Dr Lisa Karnitz - Oakview Vet Plover Stevens Point WI

Dr. Karnitz graduated from the University of Wisconsin in Madison in 2004. She has been in practice ever since. She was also the resident veterinarian at the Globe University for two years.
Dr. Karnitz has a special interest in dentistry and internal medicine.
She shares her home with her husband, two children, and a King Charles Cavalier Spaniel named Harry.

 

What is an Animal Chiropractor?

An ANIMAL CHIROPRACTOR is a specially trained professional with at least 6 years of post-graduate education. A Doctor of Chiropractic (which I am) or a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine completes and additional year of classroom and hands on training; case studies and exams to become a Certified Animal Chiropractor.

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I have been a full-time, animals-only, Chiropractor since 1996. It has been my great pleasure to work on many breeds and disciplines of dogs over these many years. My patients include several who have competed at the Westminster Dog Show, champion agility dogs, fly ball competitors, dock divers, sled dogs, barn hunt and nose work dogs, police dogs, and best friend dogs. With this experience I am able to address breed-specific and sport-specific musculoskeletal challenges. Learn more about holistic care.

 

by Dr Nikki Johnson

Vet Chiropractor - Oakview Vet - Plover Stevens Point WI

Dr. Nikki Johnson is a Wisconsin licensed Doctor of Chiropractics. She graduated from Palmer College of Chiropractic and the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She is certified in Animal Chiropractic by the American Veterinary Chiropractic Association.
She works on small animals at Oakview Vet and does barn calls for large animals. Visit her website: https://drnikkijohnson.com

Does My Pet Need A Chiropractor?

HOW WOULD I KNOW MY DOG NEEDS A CHIROPRACTOR?

I have been adjusting dogs, cats, horses, cows, llamas, goats, sheep and the occasional duck for 22 years and this is the most common question I hear.

First, let’s talk about CHIROPRACTIC which is a gentle, holistic approach to healing that analyzes and treats dysfunction of the spine and joints. CHIROPRACTIC ADJUSTMENTS restore alignment to the spine and joints, reestablishes normal nerve function and allows for a return to health and vitality without surgery or drugs. These gentle adjustments are administered by hand.

Indications for CHIROPRACTIC CARE include limping, trouble getting up or down, age related issues, recovery from injury or illness.

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Sunny and Stormy

Most of the dogs I see are older and just can’t do the things they used to do. One of my favorite patients is Sunny. Sunny is a 13 year-old Golden Retriever who came in to his first visit with two tennis balls wedged in his mouth. Sunny had stopped playing fetch and no longer climbed on the bed at night. His owners hoped we could make him a little more comfortable. By his second visit, Sunny felt years younger. He was back to daily fetch and hogging the bed. Sunny’s sister Stormy now comes in monthly as well. Sunny and Stormy’s owners are thrilled with the improved energy and movement they see with both of their older dogs, even if it means they have to share the bed with two big dogs again.

by Dr Nikki Johnson

Vet Chiropractor - Oakview Vet - Plover Stevens Point WI

Dr. Nikki Johnson is a Wisconsin licensed Doctor of Chiropractics. She graduated from Palmer College of Chiropractic and the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She is certified in Animal Chiropractic by the American Veterinary Chiropractic Association.
She works on small animals at Oakview Vet and does barn calls for large animals. Visit her website: https://drnikkijohnson.com

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