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In general practice, clients often ask veterinarians and staff members about behavior problems, and veterinary professionals with training in Low Stress Handling, Fear Free practice or other programs may recognize these problems even when clients don't.
A behavior intervention plan can nip problems in the bud or prevent escalation. In my experience, I have found that providing not only a drug but a simple, easy-to-follow behavior modification plan prevented problems from getting worse, and at times was a solution.
Blending a medication and a behavior plan is like a mixing a cocktail. The medication is like the alcohol, and the behavior plan is like the fruit juice or soda. Both parts are required to create an enjoyable, easy-to-consume product that creates a calming experience.
This article is the first in a series of cocktail “recipes”-following this we'll discuss the Litterbox Lemon Drop, the Anxiety Appletini, the Killer Kanine Kamikaze and more. In the meantime, you can head to lowstresshandling.com to find the Behavior Cocktails webinar for an hour of RACE-approved CE.