WE ARE THE GOOD GUYS;
IT'S TIME WE STARTED ACTING LIKE IT!
Fear Free practices are sweeping the nation. We are proud to announce that ours is the first practice in the community that has been designed and built to detailed Fear Free specifications. All of our staff members are Fear Free certified and our mission is to bring Fear Free methods to all of our patients.
FEAR TRIGGERS LASTING MEMORIES
Recognizing the profound effect of fear on our patients is a critical part of the practice of modern compassionate veterinary medicine. Many of our patients have been left with traumatic associations with every visit to a veterinary hospital, from the scale to a gloved hand, from a cold exam table to vaccines. But it doesn't have to be that way.
ERASING OLD MEMORIES
Fear Free is all about integrative medicine. Taking the traditional way of practicing veterinary medicine and combining it with gentle handling techniques, pheromone therapy, aromatherapy, audio therapy, and reward therapy. When these techniques are not enough and pets or people are in danger, we combine gentle handling with safe sedation techniques. Medications or injections are used to keep everyone safe and calm. All medications used are safe and gentle and many are reversible, making a visit to the vet a pleasant memory. Much like sedation dentistry is for anxious people who fear the dentist.
BUILDING NEW MEMORIES
To achieve the best results at every visit a detailed emotional medical record is kept and will be just as important as your pet's physical medical record. We discuss with you any history of stress, anxiety or fear at previous visits and every visit will build on the last to achieve the most successful visit possible. Occasionally, if a pet becomes too anxious, that may mean stopping a visit or treatment and returning at another time when the pet is calmer to finish an exam or procedure. This is a rare occurrence, but with a pet that has built up stress, anxiety and fear over years of fearful vet visits it may take several attempts to find the right combination for success. Sedation techniques are also available to be used in the very fearful or anxious pet. Our ultimate goal is to have every pet leave the visit as happy as the child who leaves the pediatricians office with a lollipop or a sticker.