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Posted on 06-02-2016
What does it mean to be a fear-free veterinary clinic? Some of you may have heard this term thrown about a bit as it is an innovative way of dealing with our pets. We all know that many pets become anxious at the vet, groomer, kennel, etc. and the general assumption has always been that there’s nothing we can do to make those experiences better for them. This is definitely not the case! Southfork Animal Hospital is taking steps towards being a fear-free veterinary practice. This means we are actively changing things from the types of cleansers we use (common cleansing agents stunt the sense of smell for dogs which can be a source of anxiety for them) to the type of background noise they hear (we play specifically-designed music in the exam rooms that has been shown to reduce anxiety) to the types of treats we have available for pets to munch on. This will be an evolving process and you will definitely hear more about the changes we are instituting soon. Did you know that you can help your pet feel more comfortable here and the things you can do start BEFORE you even get your pet into the car to come to the clinic? Below are some ideas to help ease your pet’s anxiety before a vet visit:
These are relatively easy things you can do to help your pet. We are definitely making multiple changes on our end to help ease your pet’s anxiety. This will be the first of many blogs discussing anxiety and working towards a fear-free visit for your pet. Please let us know if we can do more to help you prepare for your pet’s visit with us.
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