We know veterinary visits can be stressful for both you and your pet. Can you imagine telling your dog, “Let’s go to the vet!” and seeing her tail wag? How about getting out your cat’s carrier and seeing him come running?

We are proud to have Fear Free Certified Professionals on our team. The Fear Free training and certification program helps veterinarians modify their procedures, handling, and facilities to help pets feel safe and comfortable while receiving the medical care they need. To become certified, veterinarians and veterinary staff are required to complete a comprehensive, 8-part educational course and exam. They also have to take continuing education to remain certified.

What does Fear Free mean for your pets?

During a visit at our hospital our team will actively work to reduce your pet’s stress. Here are a few strategies that might be used throughout your visit:

  • Initially avoid eye contact with your pet and focus on you instead
  • Providing non-slip surfaces for your pet to stand or rest on
  • Using pheromone diffusers and aromatherapy to create a calming environment
  • Reduce stressful and loud noises

About Fear Free

Developed by “America’s Veterinarian,” Dr. Marty Becker, the Fear FreeSM initiative aims to “take the ‘pet’ out of ‘petrified’” and get pets back for veterinary visits by promoting considerate approach and gentle control techniques used in calming environments. Utilization of Fear Free methods and protocols leads to reduction or removal of anxiety triggers, which creates an experience that is rewarding and safer for all involved including pets, their owners, and veterinary health care teams. Learn more at www.fearfreepets.com.