Quiz: Examination Room Behavior Cases

Leslie Sinn, CPDT-KA, DVM, DACVB, Behavior Solutions for Pets, Hamilton, Virginia

ArticleQuizLast Updated December 20191 min readPeer ReviewedWeb-Exclusive
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Fear and anxiety are under-recognized and pervasive problems in veterinary medicine. Many dogs show signs of fear and anxiety on presentation to the clinic, with ≈14% needing to be carried into the practice.1 Almost 80% show behavioral signs of fear and anxiety when placed on the examination table.1 Common signs of distress include panting, lip licking, dilated pupils, avoiding eye contact, refusing to take treats, crouching, freezing, darting, hiding, and, in some situations, fear-based aggression.