Many animals have particular areas of their body that they consider private and would prefer to keep that way. Unfortunately as Veterinary Surgeons we are often forced to invade this privacy and go into those forbidden zones. Taking a rectal temperature, clipping nails, examining down ears and checking teeth can cross the boundary for some animals. To help visits to the vet be smoother and less traumatic for your pet we would recommend a gentle desensitisation program. Handle your pet’s sensitive areas regularly – ideally daily. Pick up their feet and gently finger between the toes, lift up ear flaps, handle around the lips and gums and raise the tail. This can be disguised as play and rewarded with food treats and verbal praise.