Many veterinary patients experience anxiety in the practice. Changing their emotional state by offering items they enjoy can help prevent or reverse their fear and enhance cooperation1 during current and future treatments. Following are 5 ways to help calm anxious patients.

1 Treats & Toys

Treats should be palatable and easy to eat. Keep a variety of soft, sticky, and crunchy treats on hand to meet patient needs because they have different preferences. For patients with food allergies, provide hypo-allergenic choices, or instruct clients to provide treats from home.

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