Fear Free Appointments
We offer low-stress vet visits in a pet-centered practice.
Are your pets looking forward to visiting the vet or, like 40% of dogs and 60% of cats, they feel the “V” word is right out of a horror movie?
Russell Lake Animal Hospital is Certified (Silver) in Low-Stress Restraint and Handling.
Fear of the vet and veterinary clinic does not go away on its own. Without actively changing the pet’s feelings towards the visits, this fear will get worse and potentially turn into negative behaviours. It will make our work, providing care, difficult and make bringing your pet in for an annual visit more stressful.
Creating a fear-free environment requires a collaborative approach between the staff and owners.
It requires the hospital staff to become proficient in pets behaviour and body language, acquire special techniques to help foster a positive relationship with the pet as well as structure the environment of the hospital, so stress is minimized.
Low-Stress Restraint and Handling skills and work philosophy, helped us become proactive in promoting a stress-free environments for the pet (e.g., short or no wait times in reception, using pheromone diffusers, toys, pleasing surfaces, and odors) as well as the ability to desensitize fearful pets to stressful situations such as vaccines, nail trims, blood draws, etc.
The part of the pet parent is to ensure that the pet comes in as relaxed as possible to his or her appointment.
Here are the steps for creating fear free visits: