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11. Body Handling Concern

Definition Absent Very Mild Mild Moderate Severe
Avoidant, anxious, fearful and/or aggressive when handled for non-invasive activities in a manner typical of a vet exam, grooming and/or nail clipping
  • Relaxed when handled for non-invasive activities in a manner typical of a vet exam, grooming, nail clipping
  • Very mild signs of concern
  • Signs may include:
    1. very mild tongue flicking
    2. very mildly tense body language and muscle tone
    3. yawning when handled for non-invasive activities in a manner typical of a vet exam, grooming, nail clipping.
  • Is not difficult to manage and needs no or minimal supportive handling
  • Mild signs of concern
  • Signs may include:
    1. mildly activated or inhibited
    2. mild tongue flicking
    3. mildly tense body language and muscle tone, when handled for non-invasive activities in a manner typical of a vet exam, grooming, nail clipping
  • Able to tolerate exam with mild supportive handling.
  • Moderate signs of concern
  • Signs may include:
    1. moderately activated or inhibited
    2. moderate pulling back or flailing
    3. moderately tense body language and muscle tone, yawning and/or panting when handled for non-invasive activities in a manner typical of a vet exam, grooming, nail clipping.
  • Very difficult to manage but can finish exam with significant effort.
  • Very fearful signs of concern.
  • Signs may include:
    1. severely activated or inhibited.
    2. escaping or attempting to escape,
    3. growling, having raised hackles, baring teeth, snapping and/or attempting to bite when handled for non-invasive activities in a manner typical of a vet exam, grooming, nail clipping.
  • Very difficult to manage despite significant attempts of supportive handling.
  • Unable to effectively complete exam.
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