TAKING THE “PET” OUT OF PETRIFIED
WE GET YOU! Like you, we love pets like family and want what is best for them.
It is no secret that many animals are not thrilled to go to the vet. That is why we became Fear Free Certified, to help pets (and their parents) to feel comfortable and confident in coming to the veterinarian.
What is Fear Free®?
Founded by “America’s Veterinarian,” Dr. Marty Becker, and developed by hundreds of experts in behavior, medicine, and handling, Fear Free has become one of the single most transformative initiatives in the history of companion animal practice.
Programs and courses provide veterinary professionals, pet professionals, animal welfare communities, and pet owners with the knowledge and tools to look after a pet’s physical and emotional well-being.
Placing your pet’s emotional well-being at the center of everything we do means there are no longer “standard procedures” for anything. There is only what works for your pet at that moment, makes them comfortable, and builds a foundation of trust for future visits.
Is there special training required?
Yes. Our delivery of treatment and how we interact with you and your pet is directly driven and informed by our Fear Free training. Our veterinary team has a thorough knowledge of methods and practices that minimize the uneasy feelings your pets may experience at home, during transport, and at the veterinary hospital. We care deeply about the mental well-being of all pets and their quality of life because they deserve it!
What about the space?
Founded by “America’s Veterinarian,” Dr. Marty. In addition to our specialized training, our practice was deliberately designed with Fear Free in mind. We have reduced stress triggers in our reception and waiting areas, exam rooms, and in-hospital treatment areas.
My cat gets anxious around dogs (or the dog gets excited around cats). Are there any options for us?
No need to worry! We have separate dog and cat waiting areas. We also provide pheromone-sprayed (Feliway) towels for comfort. Many kinds of treats are provided to help encourage your pets at different times during their visit. If your pet has a favorite toy or treats, you should bring them with you so they are as comfortable as possible!
What about the procedures?
We treat your pets like family and do not want them to associate our site or us with a bad and painful experience. We always avoid the force, especially during blood draws and vaccines. Instead, we use positive reinforcement and distractions, including peanut butter and other tasty treats!
These are just a few examples of how we do things differently at Companion Pet Hospital. We invite you to come to experience our techniques for yourself! We can’t wait to meet you!