What are Happy Visits?
At Oakview you may hear us suggest a happy visit for your pet — WHY?! It doesn’t mean your pet is bad or naughty! It is because we recognize FAS (Fear, Anxiety, and Stress) in them through their body language. Here at Oakview Vet, we want to provide the best behavior visit with the least amount of stress possible. Sometimes that means we need to take a step back and reset. That means happy visits!
A happy visit is a specific time set aside with one of our fear free certified staff members. We start slow by having your dog just get on the scale and take a few treats or getting your cat used to his kennel and car rides. We work our way up to entering the exam room, the exam itself, or procedure needed (blood draw or nail trim).
Each visit is tailored to your pet and how they respond to us. During the visit our staff members are continuously watching and assessing their body language and their reactions. We make specific notes in the medical chart to help other staff members understand what your pet like or doesn’t like.
Sometimes we need to take a step back and reset
We use specific desensitizing and counter conditioning techniques to help your pet learn and understand what we are asking of them (for example, tolerate restraint for an exam).
We want to see your pet taking treats and showing signals that they ENJOY being here.
Stay tuned for next weeks blog on what to expect and recommendations for Happy visits!
by Emily Karpinski, CVT
Emily earned her Associates Degree in Veterinary Technology at Madison Area Technical College and joined us as a CVT in 2004. She shares her home with her husband Jaime, daughters Violet and Abigail, a black lab called Clyde, Chloe the cat, and 3 horses named Nikki, Cody and Poppy.
She has a strong interest in animal behavior. Emily is certified in Fear Free handling and experienced in low stress techniques. She is a member of the Society of Veterinary Behavior Technicians.