What does a Fear Free visit look like?

  • Before your pet’s appointment, we’ll ask if you have any concerns about transporting your pet. We want to make sure that their experience starts well before you even leave home.
  • If possible, we will address these concerns ahead of your appointment. Other times, we may discuss those concerns during your visit instead.
  • We may ask that you bring your pet hungry, as well as bring any favorite treats or toys.
  • We will remind you to give any prescribed calming medication.
  • When you arrive, we’ll do our best to place you into an exam room quickly.
  • If your pet would do better outside, you can call us upon arrival and let us know that you’ll be waiting outside.
  • Cats receive a white towel with Feliway – a calming spray – placed on it. Feliway helps relieve stress and many cats enjoy their Feliway towel.
  • With your permission, we’ll use a wide variety of treats during your pet’s exam and any necessary procedures. These special treats will help your pet feel more at ease and will provide a welcome distraction from anything that may have caused them anxiety in the past. Over time, as your pet repeatedly has positive experiences at TCVH, we hope that they become so comfortable here that they’re excited to visit us!
  • We’ll examine your pet wherever they’re most comfortable. Sometimes this is on an exam table, but it may even be on the floor, in a chair, or in your lap.
  • There are both Feliway (for cats) and Adaptil (for dogs) plug-in diffusers in each room. These release calming scents that help your pet feel more at ease.
  • There may be calming music or white noise playing to block out the sounds of other patients.
  • If your pets stress and anxiety level is rising during their visit, we may ask you for permission to give them some calming medication. This helps your pet ensure that they have a fear-free and positive experience with us. Well trained staff monitor your pet while they are sedated.
  • We may prescribe medication for you to give before your next visit. Like with sedation, this medication will help your pet have a positive experience with us. Many pets feel much better when they receive these medications. The risk of untreated stress is much greater than any side effect of these medications.
  • We may ask that you reschedule a procedure if it does not need completed that day and sedation is not possible. We will not push your pet to “get it done”.

For pets with anxiety or stress with veterinary visits, telemedicine appointments may be a better alternative when appropriate.

What does a Fear Free visit look like?

  • Before your pet’s appointment, we’ll ask if you have any concerns about transporting your pet. We want to make sure that their experience starts well before you even leave home.
  • If possible, we will address these concerns ahead of your appointment. Other times, we may discuss those concerns during your visit instead.
  • We may ask that you bring your pet hungry, as well as bring any favorite treats or toys.
  • We will remind you to give any prescribed calming medication.
  • When you arrive, we’ll do our best to place you into an exam room quickly.
  • If your pet would do better outside, you can call us upon arrival and let us know that you’ll be waiting outside.
  • Cats receive a white towel with Feliway – a calming spray – placed on it. Feliway helps relieve stress and many cats enjoy their Feliway towel.
  • With your permission, we’ll use a wide variety of treats during your pet’s exam and any necessary procedures. These special treats will help your pet feel more at ease and will provide a welcome distraction from anything that may have caused them anxiety in the past. Over time, as your pet repeatedly has positive experiences at TCVH, we hope that they become so comfortable here that they’re excited to visit us!
  • We’ll examine your pet wherever they’re most comfortable. Sometimes this is on an exam table, but it may even be on the floor, in a chair, or in your lap.
  • There are both Feliway (for cats) and Adaptil (for dogs) plug-in diffusers in each room. These release calming scents that help your pet feel more at ease.
  • There may be calming music or white noise playing to block out the sounds of other patients.
  • If your pets stress and anxiety level is rising during their visit, we may ask you for permission to give them some calming medication. This helps your pet ensure that they have a fear-free and positive experience with us. Well trained staff monitor your pet while they are sedated.
  • We may prescribe medication for you to give before your next visit. Like with sedation, this medication will help your pet have a positive experience with us. Many pets feel much better when they receive these medications. The risk of untreated stress is much greater than any side effect of these medications.
  • We may ask that you reschedule a procedure if it does not need completed that day and sedation is not possible. We will not push your pet to “get it done”.

For pets with anxiety or stress with veterinary visits, telemedicine appointments may be a better alternative when appropriate.

Fear Free Certified Professionals

We are proud to have so many team members individually certified as Fear Free Professionals. Just click the button to meet them!

The Team