Being the first fear free certified veterinarian in the Shreveport/Bossier area, I thought I'd take a moment to explain what this means. There are also links on the website that will connect you to the FreeFreetm website for additional information.
Developed by “America’s Veterinarian,” Dr. Marty Becker, the Fear Freesm initiative aims to “take the ‘pet’ out of ‘petrified’” and get pets back for veterinary visits by promoting considerate approach and gentle control techniques used in calming environments. 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 veterinary health care teams. The end result? Calmer, more accepting patients and better veterinary care.
Let's face it, visits to the veterinarian are stressful for both owners and pets. This stress (the owner's and their pet’s) – are key factors in not bringing them in for preventative care or when they are ill. Studies have shown that:
At Provenance Veterinary Hospital, we strive daily to be a pet centered practice and a pet centered practice is not a practice where pets are afraid. If a visit to the veterinarian is a source of stress for you or your pet, call us today at (318) 560-8381!