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Fear Free Pet Visits

What Is Fear-Free? 

Fear-free addresses the emotional well-being of the veterinary health care team, the patients we treat and the people who love them.

What Are The Benefits Of Fear-Free Pet Visits?

The benefits of fear-free are invaluable and empowering. The goal is to reduce the pets negative experience, fear, anxiety, stress and aggression toward staff.

The use of specific techniques help to create a more manageable patient as they learn to associate the staff and hospital with a more positive experience.

Distress at the veterinary hospital occurs in both pets and people.

Why Is Stress Bad For My Pet?

The effects of stress are scientifically measurable. Both short-term and chronic stress impede diagnosis, shorten life span and increase healing times.

How Do I Detect Stress? 

Stress is most visible in body posture and facial expressions.  Other subtle signs that signify stress include increased heart rate and respiratory rate.

How Does Chronic Or Long-Term Stress Affect My Pet? 

Long-term stress in pets can lead to gastrointestinal problems such as inflammatory bowel disease and ulcers, musculoskeletal problems such as muscle wasting and fatigue,  immune problems such as delayed wound healing, and skin problems such as poor hair growth.

My Pet Is fearful. Does That Make Him/Her A Bad Pet? 

No. Fear is not usually under cognitive control. The patient is responding, not thinking. Instead, fear promotes very vivid sensory memories of the other animals, the environment, inanimate objects and people. This evokes a fight or flight behavior, which is a normal response in a pet with fear, anxiety and stress(FAS).

My Pet Is Fearful. Is It My Fault? 

No. Even well-trained animals may not be able to respond to known cues due to fear, anxiety, and stress. This is not the owner’s fault, or the lack of training or attempts at dominance.

 What Are Examples Of Patient Stressors?

Stressors are anything in the environment including, people, experiences, locations and inanimate or living objects that trigger FAS.