Adamstown Veterinary Hospital is currently working on becoming a Fear Free Certified hospital. As a pet owner, you will notice a difference in the way our doctors and veterinary technicians handle and examine your furry friend.
What does Fear Free mean?
Fear Free is the concept of practicing veterinary medicine that involves the reduction of feelings of stress in our patients which in return will result in a better experience for all involved — including pets, owners, and the veterinary team. Fear Free created by Dr. Marty Becker who has devoted his life to the health of pets and those who love them. The Fear Free concept is based on recognizing and taking steps to reduce fear, anxiety, and stress associated with visits to the veterinary hospital and requires good communication between the owner and veterinary team.
What is a typical fear free exam like?
When you come to Adamstown Veterinary Hospital, you will notice the team takes a few extra steps to make your pet comfortable. When you come into the hospital, we try our best to ensure anxious pets are made comfortable by either going directly into an exam room, or using canine or feline pheromones to calm their senses. Once in an exam room, you may notice soft music playing that has been specifically designed to make your pet feel more at ease. Our technicians and doctors may not interact or overly excite your pet, like you may be accustomed to. Instead, we will take our time to ensure your pet gets comfortable with us. The team will use many treats, including peanut butter, freeze dried meets and even cheese wiz to help distract from the events that may make your pet anxious. Many times, we will also perform many services with you present, as pets typically do not like to be away from their owners for long. High praise and affection is usually saved for when the pets have connected with us, as we know the animal-human bond takes work.
What if my pet doesn’t do well at the veterinarian?
The doctors and technicians at Adamstown Veterinary Hospital, want what is best for your pet. We will do everything we can to make your pet comfortable. However, some pet’s are extremely anxious and will react when feeling threatened. If that occurs, we will stop an examination and reassess your pet’s well-being. Recommendations will be made for a next visit, where medication may be prescribed to assist with your pet’s visit. We also encourage non-service visits, where your pet just comes by the hospital to help adapt to the smells and experience. Our team will make every attempt to help your pet become comfortable with veterinary care, as it is important to a healthy, happy life.