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The Collar Hold

    The index and middle finger form a curve that hooks over the top of the collar, behind the base of the ear.  You may hold with your thumb from underneath as well to avoid slipping around the collar. Replace any choke, or prong, collars with a flat nylon buckle collar that is at

The Scruff Substitute

This type of restraint is called the “cowl technique.”  A pillowcase, flannel baby blanket, or thin hand towel is rolled into a tube and wrapped quickly around the neck like a doughnut to hold the head.  The point of restraint is like scruffing but does not create the association of pain with hands or handling. 

Low Stress Vet and Tech Communication – From the Technician’s Point of View

When I went through tech school, I was taught that part of my job as a technician was to make sure the DVM did not get injured. If I saw a possible bite coming it was my job to get bit, or to “take it for the vet,” because the vet is the most valuable

Organization for Low Stress Success

      1. Have a shelf with a variety of treats following the hierarchy of rewards and offer hypoallergenic ones. Break the treats into small pieces, the size of a Cheerio and store in jars. You want to deliver rewards frequently and in small tidbits. (Okaw Veterinary Clinic, Tuscola IL)      LowStressSuccess2  

Low Stress Vet and Tech Communication

In most small animal practices, the intake is done by the technician. Weight check, temp, heart rate, and history are performed by the veterinary technician.  With the advances of Low Stress Handling® skills, there may be some variation on how intensive the technician will be in gathering these vital signs prior to the veterinarian stepping into the room.  There is acknowledgement of the stress level of the patient, so the technician may forego some of the intake exam to reduce stress and allow the veterinarian to triage care. I always felt it was all fun and games until the doctor

Low Stress Handling® Resources from CattleDog Publishing

As the discipline of reducing stress during veterinary care grows, it helps to have a place where you can find resources.  In this post, I have gathered the handouts, blog articles, book chapters, and on-line course content descriptions in one place to help you provide a better care experience for your patients. At my practice, Okaw Veterinary Clinic, I found that hanging a framed copy of both the dog and cat body language posters helped me and my staff recognize brewing fear and aggression before it escalated. The posters are available to purchase in packs of 100, which make great

Low Stress Handling® Silver-Level Certification

Individual Certification at this level demonstrates to clients and employers the individual’s dedicated interest in Low Stress Handling®. Hospital Certification at this level demonstrates to clients and staff the hospital’s commitment to appropriately training staff in Low Stress Handling® methods.

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