Scaredy cats and fraidy dogs no more! Have you ever heard of the Fear Free movement in veterinary practices? The Fear Free movement promotes positive veterinary visit experiences for our pets (reducing any associated stress and anxiety that may come with a visit), to encourage better healthcare. It’s a set of practices, methods, and tools that help to calm our veterinary patients and create a low-stress environment for their care.
After all, a peaceful, pawsitive visit to the vet leads to a happier, healthier pet (and parents, too!).
The Fear Free movement was in large part, based on the wonderful work of some acclaimed animal behaviourists, trainers, and veterinarians. And what's not to love? Like you, we love pets like family, and want what is best for them. Pets not only need veterinary professionals to look after their physical well being, but their emotional well-being too – they go paw-in-paw with one another.
Our staff is trained and experienced with Gentle Handling techniques, as well as other veterinary visit protocols which align with the Fear Free movement – like creating a calm, relaxing environment in our waiting area, using veterinarian-approved treats, choosing a suitable room for examinations, and cradling every pet’s physical and emotional needs. And yes – every visit seems to end with a Sunrise snuggle!
We also educate our families on how to best prepare their BFF for visits with us - be sure to ask us. Many choose to pop in when they’re in the neighbourhood for a treat - which we greatly encourage - and we might even ask to snap a photo for our Facebook page!
If you’re receiving this, chances are you already know us.
But if you don’t, be sure to give us a call or drop in (or even forward this email to a friend who hasn’t yet!) as we’re offering 30% off first visits for new patients this month only.
Head to our Facebook page for regular, helpful tips on how to best care for your BFF.
We are committed to the well-being of our pets (and their parents). Thanks for reading!
- From the desk of Dr. Stacey Gastis