ANIMAL HANDLING AND RESTRAINT
Animal Handling Skills-Professionalism and Safety
The public watches us to learn how to properly handle animals. Being professional means being SAFE and HUMANE. Good animal handling skills prevent staff from being injured and good animal handling skills reduce stress for the animal.
Examples of Safe Animal Handling:
- Be aware of the special stressors for animals in the animal clinic or hospital setting.
- The clinic or hospital is extremely chaotic for any animal-there are an incredible number of smells and other stimuli and animals are likely to be confused and distressed.
- Never put your face directly into the face of a dog or cat.
- Do not move in behind or crowd around a dog.
- Concentrate on the animal you are handling without being distracted by other activities.
- NEVER sit on the floor while handling/examining a dog. If the animal becomes aggressive or aroused you will be unable to move away or protect yourself and risk serious facial bites.
- Always be prepared to protect yourself or move away quickly in the event an animal becomes aggressive unexpectedly.
Any animal exhibiting potentially aggressive behavior should have a kennel sign (CAUTION) posted to alert others who may be handling the animal. Specific alerts or recommendations should be written on the sign and in the medical record to provide staff and other volunteers with as much information as possible when handling the animal.
Restraint or Control:
- Crouch down so that you are on their level. Do not sit on the ground as you will be unable to move away or protect yourself if necessary.
- Avoid direct eye contact but maintain safe visual contact with the animal.
- Talk in soothing tones. Avoid high-pitched, excited talk.
- Try patting your leg or the ground, motioning the animal towards you.
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