At Linwood Pet Hospital, you’ll find a lifetime of veterinary care and support for your beloved pet.
At Linwood Pet Hospital, we’re passionate about creating the best experience for both you and your pet. No one wants to see a pet feeling anxious over a visit to the doctor! So our staff put in the extra training to become certified in Fear Freesm protocols. This initiative was started by Dr. Marty Becker, and creates a veterinary experience that keeps your pet in a calm and happy state of mind.
Common differences you will note at practices with Fear Freesm-certified staff include the use of treats and praise throughout the visit. If your pet has an allergy or food sensitivity, be sure to let us know before your visit and bring along the high value treats you use at home. Some pets respond better to toys, so feel free to pack a few favorites we can play with to diffuse anxiety throughout the appointment.
The Fear Freesm experience starts at home, so please call us today to chat about ways to manage your pet’s fear, anxiety and stress even before getting in the car.
For cats, be sure to use a sturdy carrier with two doors or a removable top. Cover the carrier with a towel to decrease visual stimuli and allow your cat to feel safe and hidden inside. Consider spraying Feliway (a feline calming pheromone) around the carrier and towel.
For dogs, we welcome you to come in together for a social visit, which can set a positive tone that carries over to your appointment. Any pets who need a muzzle for the safety of themselves or others should be trained ahead of time to wear a basket muzzle—then they don’t have to miss the fun and positive reinforcement of munching on high value treats during the appointment.
Contact us today to learn more about the Fear Freesm experience and how it can change the way your pet sees a visit to the veterinarian.