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Animals get stressed too!

By Scott Lackenby | Dated June 29, 2017

Recent studies have shown that up to 25-30% of animals that visit a Vet Hospital can have anxiety.
To try and explain, it is important to look at the definitions of stress and anxiety.

STRESS – is a normal response to something that upsets your normal balance in life

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ANXIETY – is a reaction (feeling such as worry) to that stress
There has been a lot of work done by Veterinarians, behaviouralists and trainers in the last 5 years to try and improve the understanding of anxiety in animals so that we can pick up on the clinical signs and then treat those accordingly. Only 15-20 years ago, we would all laugh if anyone dared to say “My dog has anxiety!” but these days it is a real phenomenon.

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Here at Gordon Vet Hospital we take behavioral medicine very seriously and try to make the animals feel safe, secure and their visit/treatment as stress-free as possible.
We have attended the recent behaviour conference and are keeping up-to-date with the latest information available to best manage our cases.
As of July 1st, 2017 we are endeavoring to improve the waiting area for our incoming patients with separate entrances and waiting areas for cats/dogs so that they will not get upset before being examined. Our hospital is becoming a “Stress Free Zone” using feliway and adaptil plug-in diffusers that slowly release a pheromone to calm animals. This is not toxic and humans cannot detect the smell but animals certainly feel better after being in its presence. We are already using these diffusers through our vet clinic to make their stay more comfortable and relaxing.

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If you feel that your pet is showing any signs of anxiety (these can vary from inappropriate toileting, barking incessantly, excessive grooming etc) please do not hesitate to ask one of our friendly staff for advice or a consultation. Whilst the treatment is often not a quick fix, there are many new ways of managing behaviour/anxiety to make everyone’s life better!!

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Written by Scott Lackenby

Scott joined the team at Gordon Vets in 1999, where he was immediately impressed with the high standard of customer service. He became a partner in 2002 and that same year he gained an extra qualification when he became a member of the Australian College of Veterinary Scientists in Small Animal Medicine. Scott is very popular amongst clients for his kind hearted approach to pet care and his great sense of humour. His particular areas of interest are endocrinology and dermatology.

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08:15 27 Nov 19
Exceptional veterinary hospital. I have been taking my dog here for many years and although I now live in the Eastern Suburbs, I still drive across town to see the Vets at Gordon. The staff are highly skilled, compassionate, friendly and helpful. My 9 year old dog has had 2 knee operations (1 on each knee!) and the outcome of these surgeries far exceeded my expectations. I have been incredibly impressed with the care provided during all of our visits. I would highly recommend Gordon Vet Hospital.
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23:22 21 Oct 19
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06:36 21 Oct 19
Fantastic and friendly staff who you can tell really care about your pet. Their follow up service is also very reassuring. I also board my cat with Gordon Vet and I feel very comfortable to know he's in safe and caring hands. I'm so glad I found this clinic.
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20:24 03 Oct 19
We took our dog there and Dr. David take care of his skin issues. he was so caring and professional.
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06:37 02 Sep 19
Compassionate, caring and highly skilled veterinary surgeons who treat their patients and owners with respect. The nursing and administration staff are efficient and remember their patients by name which is a lovely touch. A lovely vet practice which despite our Golden Retriever Finn’s complex medical history, is always welcoming to him and he never displays any signs of anxiety when attending. Dr Helen is lovely and a firm favourite of ours!
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05:00 05 Nov 18
Highly recommend Dr David, Scott, Helen, and Catherine, I've taken my cat to see all the doctors here.
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22:55 10 Sep 18
We found a stray, agitated dog in front of our house last night. We phoned but got no help from the Council ranger who gave two options: tie him up in front yard overnight or "let him loose, he'll find his own way home" :( So we phoned Gordon Vet: they stayed open a few minutes so we could run him up and he could have a bed and dinner. Thank you Gordon Vet Hospital, hope he gets home soon!!! :)
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