All Creatures Veterinary Care is dedicated to caring for your pet’s emotional well-being as well as his or her physical well-being. To help us achieve that goal, we are proud to have the first Fear Free Certified Professionals in the State College area.
The Fear Free experience begins before your pet even enters our hospital. Is your pet showing signs of stress and anxiety before arriving at the veterinary office? Ask us if pre-visit sedation or supplements might take the edge off and keep your pet happy and relaxed. Would your pet be more comfortable waiting in the car rather than the waiting room? Just let us know, and we’ll be glad to accommodate you.
You’ll be brought into the exam room a few minutes before your pet will meet the doctor because we’d like the two of you to spend some calm time together. This will allow your pet to explore the room and relax a little first. Our feline friends will also receive a towel infused with special calming pheromones.
We promise to keep our voices low and calm and not use force to examine, test, or treat your pet. We’ll use gentle control techniques, innovative tools, and medication when necessary to ensure your pet’s emotional health isn’t sacrificed for the sake of medical care.
If medically appropriate, we’ll be giving your pet lots of treats during the visit. This is so he or she starts associating a trip to the veterinarian with good things! That will keep stress levels low. Bringing your pet to the appointment hungry can help this process along! If you pet is a picky eater, feel free to bring any favorite treats or toys.
Some pets prefer to be examined up high, on the table, in your lap, in their carrier, or on the floor. We’ll go where we need to go to make your pet comfortable during the exam. We’ll also use specialized distraction techniques to keep your pet focused on good experiences while we perform procedures such as nail trims or injections that might cause brief stress or pain.