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Why We're "Fear Free" - And What that Means

Fear Free certification is a program for veterinary practices that focuses on reducing fear, anxiety, and stress in pets during veterinary visits.

This is especially important for cats, who are known for being sensitive and easily stressed. When cats are stressed, it can make it difficult for veterinary staff to provide the care that they need.

Fear Free certified practices have implemented various techniques to make the environment more calming and less stressful for pets. For cats, this can include designated cat-only waiting areas or examination rooms, pheromone sprays or diffusers that release calming scents, and handling techniques that reduce stress levels. For dogs, they may use a "gentle leader" and/or high value treats to help keep the dog calm and focused during an examination. Fear Free professionals also recognize that all animals have unique needs and personalities, and they work to tailor their care to each individual animal.

By choosing a Fear Free certified doctor for your pet(s), you can be confident that they will receive the best possible care in an environment that is designed to reduce their fear, anxiety and stress (FAS). This can lead to a more positive experience for everyone, and can ultimately lead to better health outcomes.

Fear Free isn't just about improving an individual exam. It's also about creating a positive overall experience for pets and their owners. This means that pets will be less fearful in the future and more likely to have a positive relationship with their veterinary care team.

So if you're looking for a veterinary practice that puts your pet's comfort and well-being first, consider a Fear Free certified doctors - like ours! You'll be doing your part to make sure that your furry friend gets the care they need in a stress-free environment. And who knows - they may even start to enjoy going to the vet!

Read more about our Fear Free approach and view our Fear Free Pledge.

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Rob Conrad
Rob Conrad
18 mrt.

We are so thankful for your personal, fear-free methods of treating our dog, Misty! She really is very calm now when she comes for her appointments, even when they involve shots or bloodwork as well as exams. Thanks for all the care and love you give her!

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