Fear FREE Practice

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Fear Free Certified Practice

WE ARE CELEBRATING OUR
“FEAR FREE PRACTICE” STATUS

We are proud to have reached the FEAR FREE PRACTICE designation. Our team is certified in creating a Fear Free Environment for your pet to help make your animal’s visit to the Vet as comfortable as possible.

HELP ACHIEVE FEAR FREE

Things to consider:

• Does your pet do better with Mom or Dad?

• Is your dog more nervous with or without you?

• Now that your dog is accustomed to the exam room, would you be willing to step out so the Doctor and/or Technician can get the blood drawn? (Maybe you don’t want to see that.)

• Are you ok staying with your pet?

• Are you ok rubbing your dog’s head, while we feed them their favorite treat as we do their nail trim or other treatments? Or maybe distracting your kitty with a toy or treat?

After your visit, let’s evaluate what worked and didn’t work. Can we do something different for you and your pet? Let’s make a plan for the next visit. Often times it can take a few visits to build up trust.

We encourage you to bring your pet in for a Happy Visit!

1. Pull into the parking lot, give a treat and go home.

2. Come up to the door, give a treat and go home.

3. Come into the waiting room, get lots of treats and love, and then go home.

It’s a process, let us help you!

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Taking FEAR FREE to the Next Level

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We’re taking FEAR FREE to the next level to insure that your dogs and cats have the most positive experience they can when visiting the veterinarian.

What is Fear Free?

Several of our team members have gone through the Fear Free Certified Professional program.

Utilization of Fear Free methods and protocols leads to better healthcare, satisfied clients and relaxed patients. It also reduces or removes anxiety triggers, which creates an experience that is rewarding and safer for all involved, including your pet(s), you and your veterinary healthcare team. Read More

Fear FREE Certified Professionals

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Fear Free Certified professional

Several of our team members have gone through the Fear Free Certified Professional program for Albuquerque Veterinarians. We have adopted a culture of Fear FREE medicine in the clinic and try to add a little TLC into every interaction we have with your pet.

What is Fear Free?

Utilization of Fear Free methods and protocols leads to better healthcare outcomes, satisfied clients and relaxed patients. It also reduces or removes anxiety triggers, which creates an experience that is rewarding and safer for all involved, including your pet(s), you and your veterinary healthcare team.

collie-w-treatsStress can start at home. We encourage you to check out our check-lists to insure that you are doing everything possible to start on the right foot.

Tips for Dogs

Tips for Cats

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Tips for Cat Owners for Fear Free Veterinary Care

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Preparing your pet for their visit to the Vet

Tips for Cat Owners

  1. We recommend purchasing a carrier that opens from the top and/or has an easily removable top. Pulling or dumping a scared cat from a carrier is stressful.
  2. Place the carrier in a central area of the home at least 3 days prior to your visit. Wipe the carrier with pheromone wipes (Feliway) and place their bed, treats and toys inside. For best results, try keeping the carrier in a quiet location in your home all year round!
  3. When carrying the carrier, use both hands to prevent your cat from being jostled and unbalanced.
  4. When driving, make sure the carrier stays flat and doesn’t tip over.
  5. Cover the carrier to reduce stimuli.
  6. Avoid loud music on the ride over and the way home. Instead, play calming classical music to decrease anxiety.
  7. Speak in a low, calm voice. High pitched praise or reaffirmation often increases anxiety.
  8. If you must wait in the waiting room, face the carrier away from other cats present and place your cat on the seat next to you or on your lap. Never on the floor.
  9. On the day of your visit, if your appointment is in the morning, don’t feed your cat breakfast. If they are hungry, your cat will respond better to food rewards at the veterinary hospital. Cats experience similar endorphin release when eating, like people! (does not apply to diabetic cats.)
  10. If you believe your cat would benefit from an anti-anxiety medication or a natural soothing supplement, please let us know as soon as you arrive.

We hope this helps lessen stress for you and your pet.

we practice fear free veterinary medicine

Tips for Dog Owners for Fear Free Veterinary Care

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Preparing your pet for their visit to the Vet

Tips for Dog Owners

  1. aging-dog-and-what-to-doWe recommend purchasing a harness or fixed length leash. This allows more control during what can be a somewhat anxious visit.
  2. Condition them early to enjoy car rides. Start with short drives around the neighborhood. Feed treats and make the experience happy and positive. Add more and more time as they get used to it. If they ever get anxious, stop and try again another day.
  3. On the day of your visit, if their appointment is in the morning, don’t feed them breakfast, and if your appointment is in the afternoon, only feed a small breakfast. If hungry, your dog will respond better to food rewards at the veterinary hospital. Dogs experience similar endorphin release when eating, like people! Does not apply to diabetic dogs.
  4. Bring in their favorite treat, kibble or toy. You are the best at knowing what your dogs go crazy over!
  5. Avoid loud music on the ride over and on the way home. Instead play calming, classical music to decrease anxiety.
  6. Speak in a low calm voice. High pitched praise or reaffirmation often increases anxiety.
  7. If you have an anxious dog, leave them in the car when you arrive and check in with the receptionist. They will advise you when an exam room is available. You can wait in your car, take a walk or sit outside on our bench. Limiting time in the waiting room creates a calmer visit.
  8. If you believe your dog would benefit from an anti-anxiety medication or a natural soothing supplement, please let us know as you arrive.

    We hope this helps lessen stress for you and your pet.

we practice fear free veterinary medicine