Canine
Behavior Cues
Canine
Handling
Restraint Tools
Feline Behavior Cues
Feline
Handling
100

Head above shoulders, wagging tail, ears are up or forward.  

Happy or Sociable 

100

Use the _____ amount of restraint necessary for patient and staff safety. 

Least

100

Useful in removing cats or small dogs from cages by covering the animal and lifting them out. 

blankets or towels

100

Head and tail up, responds positively to petting. May walk out of carrier on their own and explore exam room. 

Happy or Sociable 

100

This method of restraint is an excellent way of controlling a cat without hurting it. 

Scruffing

200

Cowering, tail tucked, shaking, holding ears flat or back. 

Fearful or Nervous

200

Even the most friendly dog may ____ or ______ if something is painful. 

Bite, resist

200

This tool goes over the head and is secured around the neck. Useful in cats and brachycephalic dogs to keep them from biting. 

E-collar

200

Huddled in carrier, yowling/hissing, panting. 

Nervous or Fearful

200

This tool be can be useful to wrap a cat to control its legs. 

blanket/towel

300

Growling/barking, head at shoulder level, tail straight in-line with spine, ears up and forward. 

Aggressive

300

Stay calm and be ____, but not aggressive. 

Firm

300
This tool can be canvas, leather, or made using a flat leash or gauze. Should be used whenever a painful procedure is attempted. Can also have a calming effect. 

muzzle

300

Hissing, ears pinned back, lunging, swishing tail back and forth. 

Aggressive

300

Allow the cat to do this on its own volition if possible.

Leave the carrier

400

Urinating, trys to flee, may allow contact if approached slowly, pacing. 

Fearful or Nervous

400

Use caution and be gentle with older or _________ dogs. 

Arthritic

400

A pole with a snare trap attached to the end of it. Should only be used in extreme cases where there is a definite danger to staff. 

Snare pole, rabies pole, catch pole. 

400

Urinating or defecating, attempts to hold on to closest person or object, attempts to bolt.

Nervous or Fearful

400

Cats are more sensitive to ______ and ______ than dogs. 

smells, sounds

500

Challenged by making eye contact, lunging, hackles raised, shoulders forward. 

Aggressive

500

Consider using this method of restraint if the patient is overly aggressive or nervous to make things safer for everyone involved. 

Chemical

500

This is the most important restraint tool for an aggressive or fearful animal. 

An experienced technician

500

Lunging, trys to kick with rear legs, attempts to bite, hackles raised, attempts to escape. 

Aggressive

500

Some cats only have a limited amount of time they will allow handling. Only attempt restraint when ___ __________ are ready. 

all participants

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