How We Help Make Your Pet's Visit Fear Free
Fear Free Vet Visits
Here are 10 steps we recommend to decrease the anxiety of visiting the vet or to take the "petrified" out of your pet's vet visit. These practices or methods help calm veterinary patients and create low-stress environments for us all.
- We want owners to condition their pets to the carrier or restraint device and to car rides long before the day of the veterinary visit. Cats should be allowed to use their carriers daily as a resting place, so that the carrier is familiar and comfortable, rather than something associated with a frightening car ride.
- We ask owners to limit food before an appointment so treats are more effective & encourage them to bring their pet's favorite treats
At A Pet's Place we attempt to minimize the wait. The waiting room is large, calming, and quiet, where separate sides are available; so cats don't have to be sniffed by every dog and dogs that are fearful can be separated from others.
- When possible we have species specific exam rooms for dogs and cats. We use pheromones also so that in an emergency or when necessary to use the dog room for a cat or vice versa; the pheromones help calm the pet so that they are not affected by the other species.
- We attempt to avoid direct eye contact with the pet, and wait for the pet to initiate interaction. Trying to not be in a hurry is difficult, but I try to let the pet examine the instruments, sniffing the stethoscope and otoscope. We recommend removing the top of your cats carrier and bringing a towel from home which they can hide in and makes them more comfortable than the sterile exam table.
- We will try to choose the best location to examine your pet. Rather than just hoisting your pup or kitty onto the exam table, we often conduct the examination on the floor and sometimes when it can be done safely, in the carrier (with the top removed).
- We work with your pet to find out a method of control that keeps him calm but still allows us to safely perform the procedures we must. Many pets hate to be restrained, while others don't like certain spots touched (like feet or tails)
We always employ our best distraction techniques during the examination. We make vaccinations less painful by choosing using small-gauge needles, as well.
- Unfortunately, many pets are so psychologically damaged or fearful that they will require sedation. Some are fine with a mild tranquilizer administered before they leave home, while others require injectable anesthetics as soon as they arrive.
- Finally we try to reassure each pet's emotional well being through gentle physical touch.