The doctors and staff at Companion Animal Veterinary Associates want to make the experience of visiting us as easy and stress free as possible for our patients as well as for our pet parents. We know that this is not always the case, and that some pets do become more anxious during transport to or visiting a veterinary facility in general. And with all of the strange smells as well as sounds, handling, and needles, why wouldn’t there be some potential for anxiety? The fear, anxiety and stress experienced by pets prior to coming in for their appointment as well as during their office visit can leave emotional scars for both pet owners and their companions. This can lead to negative associations that keep pet parents from bringing their furry (and sometimes not furry) friends in for regular exams which can be very detrimental to their long-term health. The goal of Fear Free practices is to help diminish these negative experiences to allow us to provide the best care possible for all of our patients. Drs. Russell and Crosier are both certified in Fear Free practices. We believe the fear free process begins at home, prior to the scheduled appointment. We have outlined some steps that you can take for both your feline and canine companions to help make their visit less stressful. For some pets, this may require that medication be administered prior to the visit. We will make every effort to continue to help reduce your pet’s fear, anxiety and stress once they arrive at our facility.