Here at Santaluz Animal Care, we are devoted to offering Fear Free visits. What does that mean? To quote the official Fear Free organization, it means taking the ‘pet’ out of petrified. However, in practice, we’re really taking the ‘petrified’ out of the pet! In a nutshell, we go the extra mile to keep our patients calm and comfortable while they’re here. A San Diego, CA veterinarian lists some benefits of going Fear Free below.
It’s easy to joke about how Fido may run and hide at the word ‘Vet,’ or Fluffy may shred your arm as you’re trying to get her into the carrier. However, this really is no laughing matter. It’s important to understand why animal clinics can be so scary to pets. For one thing, our furry pals have very sensitive noses. The combination of scents alone can be overpowering, especially given that they’re picking up scents and signals from other scared pets, some of whom may be sick.
If your dog or cat decides that the animal clinic is a bad place, it could be very difficult not to just get them here, much less examine them. That’s one reason we recommend bringing pets in just for a quick treat and cuddle. These simple, easy, pleasant interactions help our patients form good impressions of us, which is exactly what we want. Why is that important? If your pet is ever sick or injured, and you need an emergency visit, you won’t be dealing with that deep-seated fear and nervousness on top of everything else. That could make a huge difference!
More Thorough Exams
Fear-free visits don’t guarantee that pets won’t get nervous. What they do mean is that the vet is highly attuned and sympathetic to this, and will take extra steps to soothe and comfort them. This can result in better exams, which in turn lead to better diagnosis and care. When you think about it, why wouldn’t you choose a vet that goes above and beyond to make appointments easy for your pet? It’s just good to know that both you and your furry friend’s doctor are doing everything you can to keep them feeling calm, comfortable, and safe. That’s pretty pawesome!
Do you have questions about your pet’s health or care, or Fear Free care? Contact us, your San Diego, CA animal clinic!