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  • in reply to: changing practice culture to less stressful #13158

    Sally Foote

    Thanks Carolyn.

    How depressing that in medicine it can take 2 generations of doctors to change culture!  Karen Gavzer a business practice management speaker said 2-3 years in an individual work place – I guess if you figure a one by one practice that would be 2 generations.

    There is a poster  that shows how to easily make vet visits easier – showing a doctor rushing in, then one walking calmly greeting from the side – the techs dumping a cat then the techs taking the carrier apart. from CDP.   It is not on the website so   I will attach it.   we also have the low stress handling facebook page which is an open group. we are forming a closed group for the certified handlers but we have had a lot more sharing and posting on the open group.  IT would be good to have more veterinarians knowledgeable about behavior on that page so please join us!

    I agree – we are all an independent bunch who looks for the one plan applicable to all for handling even with fear free.  That movement is making a big change for the better which is great, but those practices are feeling the pain of change.

    thanks and let’s keep the conversation going !


  • in reply to: changing practice culture to less stressful #13138

    Sally Foote

    Thank you Terri.  You are making change – the techs are apologizing for 4 ganged up on a nail trim – you have increased awareness and that is the first point of change.

    The injectable for x rays is an excellent point.  If there are no handling skills for less struggle then injectable sedation and especially pain relief prior to x ray to reduce struggle is essential IMO.  Also you grabbed the teachable moment by removing the animal harshly handled and showed how to make it less upsetting and get the job done.   That action alone showed the staff this is important not only to you but also to that animal’s welfare.

    So, act in the moment – lead by example and use your DVM authority as much as you can.

    While the owner DVM did not seem to care about the report, you have made it so it is count 1 on demanding change.

    Would you consider keeping track of easier exams, improved client compliance or reduced staff injury in your positive vet care exams?  That would be data to report to the boss as well.  even if it was just a simple comparison of 8 exams with you with little patient struggle/ bite risk as compared to 8 exams with other staff using extra help/ more struggle and bite risk.

    From my bite/near bite job stress survey DVM support for sedation meds was one of the leading staff stress reducing items needed.

    Thanks  I look forward to more commenting.


  • in reply to: Adopted orphan kitten destructive behavior #13135

    Sally Foote

    Dear Lisa,

    I had not seen your post earlier.  Does your friend still have the cat?  With all the chewing behavior and desire to go out I think this cat is frustrated with no hunting outlet. One thing that helps with many of my cat clients in this situation is no food in the bowl, and the client ” feeds ” the cat by tossing the dry food across the room for the cat to pounce on and ” kill” .  Food puzzles like the eggzerciser are also nice but this guy needs to think he killed something daily so the food has to move for him to chase down and get the reward of eating.  The no bowl system would be ok, but I would put the mouse on a fishing pole for the cat to grab/ pounce on and eat.

    As for touching, the shelter med people are using a cc method of tuna – with a nail brush on  a stick to brush.  Of course, if this cat is over petted and stimulated it will bite.  Lastly, CALM diet has helped a lot of cats like this.

    A young kitten with lots of predatory play to outlet with this cat may help – with all the low cost care clinics around that may help with costs.

    here are some of my videos if that helps your friend  out        tossing the food game    cc to touch for a cat

    Sally J Foote DVM

  • in reply to: Cost of nonconforming residency? #10023

    Sally Foote

    I think this is an excellent opportunity to share the range of cost of the non traditional residency.  While no one particular mentor has to say what they charge, to gather this information and show the range of costs helps those who are considering this create a budget, and evaluate the return on the invested time and money.  I could not find anything on the College website about this.  Also, if the salary range of those with diplomate can be posted to also inform I think would help those considering residencies.

    Sally J Foote DVM  Okaw Veterinary Clinic Tuscola Il

  • in reply to: Feline housesoiling – defecation #9966

    Sally Foote

    Check the anal glands and ask about the stool – any blood?  Chronic colitis cats do this often

    Calm diet helps as it is digestible, and has the anxiety supplement

    Also all of the above suggestions

    Sally J Foote DVM  Tuscola IL



  • in reply to: Aversive Techniques Taught in Vet School? #9942

    Sally Foote

    Good post Dr Cirribassi.  One of my own clients who took her own dog to the local Vet Med College for care when I was out of town, saw her own dog very agitated due to more traditional force based handling.  Her dog required sedation due to the force of the handling ( my clinic is a Low Stress Handling Certified clinic and her dog does not require any premed or sedation for handling.   Adaptil is enough)  The owner was not happy.

    So what is happening at your University Vet med clinic?  If a dog or cat struggles what are you taught to do?

    Dr Sally J Foote

  • in reply to: Meds for storm and firework anxiety #9941

    Sally Foote

    For storms I go back to Propranolol   5mg per 20 lb of dog is the basic dose.  If they need more sedation – the dog who is still pacing and panting and cannot settle then add Diazepam at  .5mg/lb   you can dose this bid – it’s effect seems to last about 12 hours.

    I have not tried sileo – cost compared to other products and here in Central Illinois Storms whip up fast so if they are predicted for the day they need a dose that will last in case they blow over or come continuously.

    zylkene daily with Adaptil collar has worked well also for me

    Composure pro is also helpful for all noise phobias in my case load


    Sally J Foote DVM  Tuscola Il  Okaw Veterinary Clinic

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