Concerned that your pet will be afraid during his or her exam? So are we! That’s why we’ve incorporated the following practices into our hospital. We want to have a fear free practice!
- Helpful training tips to introduce your pet to the veterinarian, travel, strange places and strange people
- Trained team members who are experienced handling cautious animals
- Access to separate, quiet waiting areas
- Cat friendly exam rooms
- Calming pheromones for cats and dogs for a fear free visit
Excellent tips on a fear free visit with ‘America’s Veterinarian’, Dr. Marty Becker
Feliway and How It Works
Ever notice how your cat likes to rub its face against furniture, your legs, the carpet…? What he or she is really doing is marking those objects (and you) with a secret scent that identifies them as his or her own. It’s a pheromone, too weak for us to detect, but strong enough for cats to smell and which gives them the sense that they are in a familiar, safe environment. Feliway is the synthetic version of that pheromone. It comes in small bottles that allow you to mist it into cat carriers (to lower the anxiety of travel) or as a diffuser to make whole environments, like our cat-only exam rooms, feel safer to cats.
In a study published in the American Veterinary Medical Association Journal, hospitalized cats exposed to the Feliway were significantly more likely to eat more, groom themselves more, and engage in behavior that indicated that they were calm and happy.
What to do for Anxious Dogs? Adaptil
Like Feliway, Adaptil mimicks a natural scent, but in this case, it’s a pheromone deposited by female dogs to their pups to make them feel safe and secure. Cute, right? Also like Feliway, it comes in small misting bottles and plugins. If your dog is especially anxious, we can provide a kerchief, spritzed with Adaptil, for him or her to where while at our office. Keep it for the ride home if you like 🙂
Do you have a dog or cat that behaves aggressively or timidly while visiting the doctor? Both are signs of fear, not anger. Let us help.