We're a Fear Free Animal Hospital
We're on a mission to make your pet love their vet! We have joined the Fear Free movement to take the "Pet out of Petrified" when it comes to bringing your furry family member to the vet. “Great veterinary care includes making sure pets feel safe and calm at our hospital. We all love animals and your pet’s happiness is very important to us. Our commitment to Fear Free care is a critical piece of the healthcare we provide,” says CAH co-owner Dr. Stephen Wilson.
Get to the Vet the Fear Free Way
Getting your cat to the vet Fear Free
A checklist for our feline friends:
And one for our canine friends:
5 steps we take to improve your pet's vet visit
- Working with the expert…you! You know your pet better than anyone. We'll talk to you about how your pet feels and behaves before and during vet visits. We’ll discuss strategies for how to eliminate things that might make them nervous, like being around other pets or getting vaccines.
- Using pheromones and other calming tools: We use species-specific pheromones to help pets feel calm.
- For cats: while you’re in the waiting room we’ll place a towel sprayed with Feliway over their carriers. The pheromone calms them while the towel allows them to hide and feel safe. Kitty spa treatment!
- For dogs: dogs who are dropped off for procedures get a towel sprayed with Adaptil in their crate to help them feel calm. We also recommend that dogs in for the day bring in a t-shirt or blanket that smells of home. Very nervous dogs in for a check up will get a neckerchief sprayed with Adaptil.
- Note: dog pheromones don’t impact cats and cat pheromones don’t impact dogs. Neither impacts humans, but we aren’t licensed to give you a glass of wine to help you relax!
- Transporting with compassion - don’t force anyone anywhere!
- Cats: Ditch the handle on the cat carrier! Like your appendix, it’s a vestigial organ that is no longer needed. Cats don’t like the swinging motion, so we carry the carrier like a heavy package instead. We never force cats from their crates! We leave the door open and use treats to tempt them out. If that doesn’t work, we take the lid off of the crate and let them stay in their safe place.
- Dogs: To move your dog to another location in the hospital, we coax or jog alongside them to get them to move around the hospital – we don’t push or pull.
- Tricked out exam room: We have non-slip mats for the exam tables and floors so pets feel secure. We have toys and a variety of treats to distract your pet as we examine, vaccinate and perform other procedures – they often don’t notice what we’re doing!
- Examine pets where they’re the most comfortable: Cat happy in the carrier, on a scale or even in the sink? Puppy likes being on your lap? Big dog happiest down on the floor? Then that’s where you’ll be examined my friend! As long as we’re able to safely perform examinations or procedures there, we’re more than happy to adjust the location to a spot where your animal feels most comfortable.