Three tips for managing patient separation anxiety
Interviewed by our practitioner in the trenches, Dr. Sarah Wooten, veterinary behaviorist Melissa Bain, DVM, DACVB, DACAW, MS, says for successful outcomes in separation anxiety cases it’s important to catch stress-induced behavior early on, know what you’re dealing with and don’t be too proud to refer.
– Ask the questions of every client at every appointment in order to catch early signs of stress for easier behavior modification.
- Video from the pet’s home environment is essential to differentiate between different types of anxiety.
-Compliance can be tricky. Assure clients all you need is a few minutes of video from an iPhone, iPad or webcam.
- Success rate is higher for patients that see behaviorists sooner.