Fear Free Pet Care at Our Animal Hospital in Canton
Arbor Pointe Veterinary Hospital is excited to have a fully Fear Free Certified staff here in Canton, MI. Our team members worked hard to obtain the necessary training to become Fear Free Certified Professionals and offer an even higher level of service to the pet-owning community.
What It Means
Being Fear Free means that we place special emphasis on making pets feel more secure and comfortable when they visit our animal hospital. Anxiety can be a strong deterrent against receiving essential healthcare, and we hope to change that. By helping pets see vet visits as primarily positive experiences, our goal is to make it easier for pets and their families to commit to routine checkups to improve their pets’ health.
Our Strategies for Creating Fear Free Experiences
All of our staff members at Arbor Pointe Veterinary Hospital underwent training and testing to become Fear Free Certified Professionals. In addition to learning individual techniques, our staff also implements strategies throughout the hospital to make it even more welcoming for apprehensive pets. These strategies include:
- Using separate exam rooms and treatment areas for dogs and cats
- Placing a cat pheromone diffuser and a dog pheromone diffuser in their respective exam rooms to help pets relax
- Spraying pheromones on blankets or towels
- Using non-slip mats on exam tables
- Minimal, gentle handling of patients
- Distracting patients with treats
- Approaching each pet on their terms and pinpointing potential stressors that we can work to eliminate
- Moving patients from the lobby to the exam room quickly to prevent contact with other animals
We are also dedicated to teaching pet parents about Fear Free and how they can lessen their pets’ fears before going to the vet.
Dr. Petty and his Arbor Pointe staff are so very compassionate and extremely professional! I’ve taken my dogs and cats here for years. The clinic is pristinely clean! I very much appreciate their excellent communication and total up to date knowledge for the needs of my fur babies! Highly recommend!
Jake was never a “normal” dog. Everything seemed to hurt or scare him. When my vet suggested I see Dr. Petty, I immediately made an appointment. Despite the hour trip, we have been seeing him ever since. Jake is a much happier boy. Now that Dr. Petty has cared for him, he is living his best life.
When the emergency veterinarian said my cat was going to die, I went to Dr. Petty. After a series of treatments, my cat lived 9 more years. Ever since, I have brought all my pets to Arbor Pointe. Dr. Petty is kind, compassionate, wicked smart, willing to think outside the box, and just a darn good veterinarian.