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Why Is It Important
“Emotional Pain is the worst pain a social species like a human, dog or cat can experience.”
The above quote is by a board certified veterinary behaviorist Debbie Horowitz. On the board of
Fear Free™ are more than 40 board certified veterinary behaviorists, as well as some of the world’s most
prominent veterinarian’s and the animal rights advocate and author Temple Gradin.
Our pets definitely have emotions and can be hurt and even emotionally scared by fear, anxiety
and stress. We in the veterinary profession both the doctors and our entire teams are in this because we
love animals. Now because of our love for animals we need to pay attention not just to their physical
problems but also to their emotional well-being.
We should make sure we don’t scare them, hurt them, or stress them when we do our exams or
procedures. Even when we cut their nails, we must make sure that we do no harm to them either
physically or emotionally.
We as a group can strive to accomplish this and at South Salem Animal Hospital we do.
Everyone is friendly and cooperative. Many suggestions were given to me to provide the best quality of life for my dog, yet I was not pressured into doing all of them. Very pleasant experience for our family!