Fear Free Veterinary Care
We've modified our procedures, handling, and facilities to help pets feel safe and comfortable while receiving the medical care they need.
As Fear Free Certified Professionals, we are dedicated to caring for your pet’s emotional well-being alongside their physical health. We work with each client to understand their pet's behavior and reduce the stress, fear, and anxiety often associated with going to the vet.
The Fear Free Veterinary Visit
Our staff receives regular training on Fear Free techniques and handling in order to ensure that we evolve as new research develops. We may initially avoid eye contact with your pet and focus on you instead in order to avoid intimidation; during your pet's exam, we may use gentle pressure to soothe your pet by using a towel or compression garment.
The Journal of Veterinary Medicine found that classical music can reduce feelings of stress and anxiety in pets. Calming music plays in all areas where pets are present. This can also help to block out other noises that could cause unnecessary stress. We also create a relaxing environment by using calming colors and soft lighting wherever possible.
Scentless pet appeasing pheromones are used throughout the entire practice in order to help pets feel safe and secure when encountering potentially stressful situations. These pheromones promote a sense of safety for pets by synthetically mimicking the scent their mothers emitted at birth.
If your pet is showing excessive signs of fear, anxiety, or stress, the team may delay or postpone the exam or other procedures until a time when the pet is calmer and more relaxed. We may prescribe a holistic supplement or conventional medication in order to help your pet through their next visit.
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