Today's Fear Free Friday tip involves the dreaded scale! I can't blame dogs or cats who won't readily jump up onto the scale, because, let's face it, it is not fun to be weighed in a room full of people!
This may or may not be the reason that our pets sometimes balk at the scale, but it is mine....
Regardless of the reason, we do see pets who seem to be terrified of the scale! We can try to use innovative ways to make the scale less scary. Treats, toys, or positive reinforcement may be all it takes for some to stand on the scale. Sometimes we can weigh our smaller pets inside their carriers and then deduct the weight of the carrier. Sometimes, we can cover the large scale with something that disguises it, such as a yoga mat or beach towel.
We should try to avoid forcing them up on the scale while they tremor in fear. If we can make the scale a happier place, we have eliminated on fear in the vet office, and we have a better chance of getting an accurate weight.
Midwest Veterinary Hospital
30550 Euclid Ave
Wickliffe, Ohio, 44092
Use the map below for directions!
Surgery drop off is between 8:00-8:30 am