Does your pet fear vet visits? Mine did, until one simple technique helped him overcome his fear of vet visits and his needle phobia.
Buddy – our powerful, brave, 62-pound Blue Heeler-mix dog – was a terrified wimp at the site of needles in the vet’s office. As soon as his leg was held for a blood draw, he’d start to get anxious. When he saw the needle, he would whimper, cry, and do a big alligator roll to get away.
Buddy Liked to Relax and Be Calm. Ear TTouch Helped.
One day my husband took Buddy for his annual exam. As usual, Buddy cried and tried to roll away. The more anyone tried to “help,” and the harder anyone tried to get the needle in his leg, the worse things got.
Eventually the veterinarian asked my husband to go outside and “let them do what they needed.” I don’t know, and don’t want to know, just what happened. They got the blood.
When he got home, Buddy let me know just how upset and traumatized he felt. Ear Slides – a key part of the Tellington TTouch® Method – and a soothing voice helped him calm down and recover.
That was when I said, “Never again. We can make this a better experience.” As a TTouch® practitioner in training, I knew it was possible.
A couple of months later, Buddy needed another blood draw, so I took him to the vet. When the technician and veterinarian came in, they were as tense and nervous as Buddy.
I politely stated that I’d learned a cool technique that would help make things easier for everyone and asked if they’d be willing to try. The tech gave a sigh of relief and said she’d try anything. The vet was more skeptical, but willing.
When Buddy was on the table, before he was restrained, I gave him a few gentle strokes. Then I started doing Tellington TTouch® Ear Slides. I also talked to him with a soothing voice, so that he’d keep his attention more focused on me. The tech was able to keep him in place with almost no restraint.
His leg was prepped, and the vet drew the blood. Buddy barely even noticed the needle. The entire process was quickly over – before Buddy realized what had happened.
To say that the veterinarian was impressed and the technician was surprised would be a big understatement. They stated that they would always do his draws and anything else involving a needle that way. Then the tech asked to learn what I had done, so she could use it with other pets.
Buddy’s behavior change left a lasting impression on the staff at that clinic, and it helped staff at all other clinics he went to throughout his life. Ear Slides helped Buddy every time a needle was used. This easy TTouch helped him be calm and relaxed. It also helped technicians, veterinarians – and me – be calm and relaxed.
They helped so much that he overcame his fear and didn’t need them later in his life. His last vet recently told me she wasn’t aware that he ever had needle phobia or feared vet visits.
I’ve successfully used TTouch® Ear Slides with lots of shelter animals during exams, injections and blood draws. My clients use Ear Slides to help their pets be calm at the vet and in all kinds of situations.
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