Fear Free - Taking the pet out of petrified

We are proud to have Fear Free certified professionals on our team and are dedicated to caring for your pet’s emotional well-being as well as his or her physical well-being. We would like you to know how we meet that goal.

Is your pet showing signs of stress and anxiety before arriving at the veterinary office? Ask us if pre-visit sedation or supplements might take the edge off and keep your pet happy and relaxed. Would your pet be more comfortable waiting in the car rather than the waiting room? Just let us know, and we will be glad to accommodate you.

You will be brought into the exam room a few minutes before your pet will be seen because we would like the two of you to spend some calm time together. This will allow your pet to explore the room and relax a little first. Calming chemical signals, known as pheromones, are infused throughout the hospital. Only dogs and cats can smell them, and they find them relaxing. The music in the room is also specially created for canine and feline stress reduction. We promise to keep our voices low and calm and never to use force to examine, test, or treat your pet. We will use gentle control techniques, innovative tools, and medication when necessary to ensure your pet’s emotional health is not sacrificed for the sake of medical care.

Unless it is medically inappropriate, we will be giving your pet lots of treats during the visit. This is so he, or she starts associating a trip to the veterinarian with good things! That will keep stress levels low. Bringing your pet to the appointment hungry can help this process along!

Some pets prefer to be examined up high, on the table, in your lap, in their carrier, or on the floor. We will go where we need to go to make your pet comfortable during the exam. We will also use specialized distraction techniques to keep your pet focused on good experiences while we perform procedures such as injections that might cause brief stress or pain.

Questions? Just ask! We want you to be happy, too!

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Helping pets live happy, healthy, full lives

We all love our pets and want what’s best for them throughout their lives. However, we aren’t always equipped with the right tools, information, education, or resources to truly fulfill that goal. This is where Fear Free and Fear Free Happy Homes come in.

Become a Fear Free Happy Homes member, and be the first to experience all that Fear Free Happy Homes has to offer:

  • Access to veterinary visit resources & education to make your next veterinary visit Fear Free
  • Resources to enhance your pet’s emotional wellbeing
  • Tips & tricks to provide your pet with in-home enrichment
  • One-of-a-kind deals on cutting-edge pet products
  • Locate a Fear Free veterinarian or pet professional using our online directory