It’s no secret: pets often are scared and stressed when it’s time to go to the vet.
Despite our best intentions as pet owners and professionals, getting medical attention can be terrifying for pets. Anxious animals often do not cooperate well during an exam or procedure. They can display fear aggression, too. The whole experience can be stressful for the pet, owner, vet, and office staff!
But it doesn’t have to be that way.
We’re working with the nationally-recognized Fear Free program to provide a less stressful and healthier experience for homeless dogs at Gigi’s. Our entire team has completed the Fear Free Shelter Program, which includes intensive training about reducing stress, enrichment, and animal emotional wellbeing. We also have two Fear Free Certified Professionals on staff, including our board-certified Veterinary Behaviorist Dr. Meghan Herron (Level 2) and one of our veterinary technicians, Ashley Sinnett (Level 1).
Applying their Fear Free training, our staff can provide better care to the thousands of shelter dogs in our program by focusing on their physical and emotional wellbeing. As a result, dogs are less stressed, which means they’re also healthier and better prepared for adoption!
The Fear Free program was founded to educate professionals about preventing and alleviating fear, anxiety, and stress in pets. Since then more than 50,000 professionals across the country have become Fear Free certified.