Why fear free medicine? A study that came out in 2014 reported 37% of dog owners and 58% of cat owners stated that their pet “hates going to the vet”. Veterinary-care-usage-study
Those numbers are astonishing! Can you imagine how many pets are missing out on their preventive care visits and may develop serious diseases down the road because of it? At Gentle Touch Animal Hospital, we decided that practicing fear free medicine was a must. gentletouchanimalhospital/fearfreecertification
What exactly is fear free medicine?
¨ Fear free medicine is a style of practice that promotes stress free visits for the pet. Our entire staff was trained over a 5 month period to learn how to handle the pets in a stress free manner. This means no, or very little restraint and taking as much time as needed to calm the pet. Most animal hospitals schedule appointments every 15-20 minutes. We schedule them every 30 minutes to allow for us to take our time and relax your pet before performing anything that makes him nervous. That could mean that we need to spend 20 minutes calming your pet before a 5 minute nail trim, which is fine with us!
¨ We are highly trained in counter conditioning, which means distracting your pet with treats so that she does not associate any treatment as traumatic. She will remember that she will receive lots of treats when she comes in and be excited to visit us, not worried that we are the place that “pokes” her.
¨ What is the difference? Each room has species specific pheromones (they send off a scent that is scientifically proven to relax your pet), species specific music boxes that play music that is calming to your pet as well as loads of treats. We have skid free mats on the exam tables and if your pet is still nervous on the table, the doctor will get on the floor with her.
¨ We will always remember what works best for your pet for future visits as we put notes in every chart, front and center. For example, some cats do not respond to treats, however, if we put baby food on a spoon and offer that to them, they lap it up and do not pay attention to what we are doing. This will be noted in their chart and we will have baby food ready to go at the next visit.
Thanks to advances in veterinary medicine, pets are not only living longer, but they are doing it with better health and energy. Because of this, it is critical that pet owners utilize all of the advances that veterinary medicine can offer to help them age gracefully. For more specific details visit www.dogagingproject.com You must also understand the lifespan of your particular species and breed to understand what their age related needs might be. Your veterinarian can make the necessary recommendations.
Here are 4 steps that help your furry family members age gracefully:
- First and foremost is keeping your pet at a healthy weight. Excess weight leads to joint problems such as arthritis, diabetes, heart disease, and much more. Proper diet, excersice and with large breeds, joint supplements can and will help.
- Preventive exams are critical. You might think fluffy is doing fine, but animals are excellent at hiding symptoms. Your vet will discover potential problems well before you can through a complete physical exam, bloodwork and preventive dentistry. If your pet has a chronic health problem, it is recommended that they visit their vet at least twice a year. Learn more about preventive care in pets
- Exercise them. We cannot say enough about the importance of this. Even at an increased age they need exercise. Just make it moderate intensity if needed!
- Give them love and affection. Their emotional well being has a strong impact on their physical well being.
This list is not all inclusive but it is a good place to start. As always, if you have any questions, do not hesitate to contact us at 303.691.3720 or firstname.lastname@example.org. www.gentletouchanimalhospital.com
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