Reducing Fear, Anxiety, and Stress for Cats and Dogs
At Melrose Animal Clinic, we recognize that bringing your pet to visit us can cause FAS (fear, anxiety, and stress), and FAS affects not only our furry patients but their human parents as well. When our patients are fearful, stressed, or anxious, our ability to fully examine, and thus help them, is compromised. That’s why we’ve sought accreditation as a Cat Friendly Practice from the American Association of Feline Practitioners as well as implemented fear-free techniques to reduce FAS in our clinic. Your cat’s and dog’s comfort are our top priorities.
Experience a stress-free veterinary visit.
Creating a Stress-Free Visit
Cats, dogs, and their owners come to us to experience a better veterinary visit with less stress and more personalized care. As a Cat Friendly Practice, we make specific adjustments to our environment and care protocols to suit your cat’s needs. Additionally, as a practice committed to a fear-free experience for all pets, we take multiple steps to reduce fear, anxiety, and stress for everyone. These steps include:
- Applying special animal pheromone (a kind of hormone) sprays to the inside surfaces of our practice, which helps calm your pet when they arrive
- Getting down on their level and approaching them calmly so as not to incite or increase fear
- Feeding treats to help them relax and preoccupy their minds with something pleasant
- Having “cats only” appointment block next door in our Annex, so cats are not stressed by the presence of unfamiliar dog sounds and smells
- Staff education to be more in tune with your cat’s emotional well-being
A Little Something Extra for Overly Anxious Pets
For cats or dogs who are particularly nervous about their veterinary visits, we can offer a little “something extra” to help them relax and allow us to thoroughly examine them. These anti-anxiety medications are given by mouth the night before their visit, and then again a couple of hours prior to their appointment. They are very safe, inexpensive, and make a huge difference by making their visit easier and less stressful for both them and you. Ask us for more information if you think your pet would benefit.