Fear Free Pets

Fear Free Veterinary Care Now Available at Riverside South Animal Hospital

Can you imagine telling your dog, “Let’s go to the vet!” and seeing her tail wag? How about getting out your cat’s carrier and seeing him come running?

You won’t need to imagine it if you visit Riverside South Animal Hospital. That’s because the entire team is part of a new initiative sweeping veterinary medicine designed to ease the stress, fear, and anxiety that so many pets experience while at the veterinarian.

Known as Fear FreeSM, the training and certification program helps veterinarians modify their procedures, handling, and facilities to help pets feel safe and comfortable while receiving the medical care they need.

Founded by veterinarian Dr. Marty Becker, the Fear Free Certification Program was developed by board-­‐certified veterinary behaviorists, veterinary technician behavior specialists, board-­certified veterinary anesthetists, well-­‐known veterinary practice management experts, and board-­certified veterinary practitioners experienced in Fear Free methods.

To become certified, the veterinarians and veterinary staff at our hospital completed a comprehensive, 8-­‐part educational course and exam. They also have to take continuing education to remain certified.

Utilization of Fear Free methods and protocols leads to reduction or removal of anxiety triggers, which creates an experience that is rewarding and safer for all involved including pets, their owners, and the veterinary health care team. Learn more at www.fearfreepets.com.

If you would like your pets to experience the Fear Free difference please give us a call at 613-­822-­6009.