Can I hold my pet during the exam?

Jim Johnson   January 15, 2013   Comments Off on Can I hold my pet during the exam?

Bill holding Haskell for an uncomfortable procedure

Bill holding Haskell for an uncomfortable procedure

Q) Is it alright for me to hold my pet during the examination?

A) Before answering this, I should say that we understand your reluctance to let our staff hold your pet. Nobody knows your pet better than you do. This bond is why you bring him or her to see us.

However, for a number of reasons, we have to insist that you allow us to hold your pet during the examination. The reason is safety: yours, ours, and your pet’s.

Holding an animal that does not want to be held is a difficult task. All of our technicians are trained and experienced at this; they know how to hold your pet without hurting it. Even the nicest pet will bite or scratch if it thinks it is in danger. Our insurance company regularly sends us stories of clients who were bitten or scratched by their pet, sometimes resulting in serious injury or infection. Most of these people believed their pet would never do such thing.

It’s important, too, that you remain calm and supportive during the visit. If your pet thinks that you are upset, he or she will be upset too (there’s that bond again!), and our technician’s job will be that much harder. If you stand or sit where your pet can see you, you will be able to reassure him or her that everything is all right.