Here at Broken Arrow Veterinary Hospital, we strive to care for not only the physical needs of our patients, but also their emotional well being. Dr. Ford, who is a Fear Free Certified Professional, applies different techniques to make your pet’s visit as calm and stress free as possible. He does his very best to let your pet build a bond with not only him, but also his staff members. Communication is one of the major components that will allow us, as a hospital, to appropriately communicate what you are able to do at home to make your visit successful and efficient. We want your pet’s visit to our hospital to be a fun experience and something they look forward to doing.
There are many things that you, as a client, are able to implement at home to make your fear free visit a successful one. Below are some tips to help get your pet(s) ready for their visit in the comfort of your own home:
- Bring your pet(s) in hungry. Allowing us to shower them with treats is a great way to get your pet(s) acclimated to the doctor and staff within the hospital.
- If you transport your pet(s) in a carrier, be sure to leave the carrier out in the open for at least 7 days (if possible) before their visit. This allows them to associate the carrier as a part of their every day routine, instead of associating it with a bad experience.
- Be sure to transport your carrier with a towel or blanket over it to block out an unwanted stimulation. This allows them to stay calm throughout the drive. It is also best to make the drive quiet by not talking or playing loud music as this builds up unwanted anxiety that may interfere with their fear free visit. We recommend using species specific pheromones. These help decrease anxiety levels and keep pets calm on the day of their visit.
You, as clients, are always welcome to bring your pet(s) in for “treat and greets,” as this helps get them acclimated to reduce stress and anxiety for future visits. We do like these to be done during slower parts of the day to make sure we have ample amount of time to spend with your pet. Feel free to call ahead and we can let you know when is a good time!
For more information, visit www.fearfreepets.com. Here you are able to learn more about this incredible movement and additional tools that you can use to reduce overall stress in your pet's life.