At Abingdon Square Veterinary Clinic, we emphasize the low-stress handling of our patients in order to make their visit as comfortable as possible. We want our patients to enjoy their visits and we work hard to gain their trust. “If an animal is comfortable with the environment, the handlers and the positions in which he is being held, he’s more likely to remain calm and cooperative for the procedures. For this reason, it’s more effective to focus on our interactions with the animal and his response to the handling rather than to try restraining the animal by grasping him in the strongest, most secure hold possible. Handling that is harsh, overly restrictive or simply improper for the individual pet can make that pet struggle more or become worse with repeated handling and on later visits. Even the most well-socialized and cooperative pets can become difficult or aggressive if restrained in a manner that causes them to struggle.” – Sophia Yin, veterinarian, behaviorist, and author of Low Stress Handling, Restraint and Behavior Modification of Dogs and Cats.
We focus on having a quiet environment, taking our time, minimizing the amount and strength of restraint, and rewarding our patients with delicious treats and praise. Because of this care and handling, most of our patients are happy to come to our office and often enjoy the experience. We believe that these techniques set us apart from other animal hospitals. We encourage you to regularly stop by our clinic lobby with your dog to give him or her a treat. You’ll be surprised when your dog starts pulling you toward our office on your daily walks!