Using canned squeeze cheese our veterinary team took the trauma out of taking a pets temperature.
Recently I completely distracted a dog from having her temperature taken using canned squeeze cheese. The owner told me the pooch usually hates her temperature being taken and will scream and cry.
Here's what I did: I squeezed out some cheese in front of the pup and she went right for it. So I gave her some more while taking her temperature and giving her lots of praise. She never even looked back at me. It was awesome!
The pet owner was so happy that this time taking her dog's temperature wasn't a fearful experience, and I've since used this low-stress approach on other dogs, including the one pictured here.
Bonus tip: Easy cheese works for some cats, too!
Marian Paulachak is a veterinary assistant at Cary Street Veterinary Hospital in Richmond, Virginia.