PHOTOS 1,2: Patients that are unwell and that are in pain may become depressed. Giving the patient some extra attention and stroking it will allow the clinician to form a bond with the patient so that changes in behaviour or improvement in condition may be recognized quickly. Visits from nurses and owners and a favourite toy may be beneficial as it reassures the patient.
REFERENCES: PHOTOS 1,2: Aspinall, V (ed) 2006, ‘The Complete textbook of veterinary nursing’, Elsevier, Philadelphia, pp.356.
Metadata assigned by Dr. M. van Schoor, Senior Lecturer, Dept. of Companion Animal Clinical Studies