We use low stress handling techniques with all pets. This means we take special precautions to decrease your pet's anxiety. For example, we use pheromones like Adaptil and Feliway throughout the clinic.
"Bella" has been getting regular nail trims at Oakview since she was a puppy. By using less restraint along with food and praise rewards, her nail trims are quick and easy.
Our clinic cat "Meeko" is laying on a non slip matt covered with a heated towel. Behind him is a hidey box he can use if he feels overwhelmed. There is a Feliway plug in, the iCat is playing cat friendly music, and Composure Pro is available for a natural stress soother.
The American Association of Feline Practitioners certifies practices to be "Cat Friendly." Part of this means we believe in the respectful handling of cats to reduce fear and anxiety. It also means we are up to date on the latest medical advancements for felines.
To read more about what it means to be cat friendly:
What can YOU do?? A fear free vet visit starts at home!
Cats: Get those cat carriers out of the garage! Cats need a safe place, especially at the vet clinic. So treat your cat's carrier like a piece of furniture! Keep it cozy with her favorite blankets, toys, treats, and catnip. If your cat is used to her carrier and uses it to sleep and/or play in, you will be amazed! This could reduce or eliminate vocalizations in the car and give her a safe place to hide in the exam room. Give it a try!
Dogs: If you are out and about with your dog, stop by the clinic! A friendly visit for treats and petting can help reduce anxiety in general at a vet clinic. Help us make your pet's experience a better one.
Our In-House Behavior Consultant
Emily has been a certified veterinary technician since 2004. She has always had a special interest in animal behavior and how interactions between pets and their families can be enhanced.
Since 2011, she has been a member of The Society of Veterinary Behavior Technicians.
One of Emily's goals is to incorporate the use of low stress handling techniques and other means to keep pets comfortable and calm at the veterinary clinic. Far too often, we see animals who are fearful and anxious when they come in. It is her goal to tailor each individual pet's visit to be as low stress as possible by using special handling techniques, pheromone therapy, counter conditioning, and positive reinforcement methods.
Emily attends continuing education seminars on behavior and comes back to teach the rest of the clinic what she has learned.
Emily is available for in person, phone, and in home consultations.
Go to our links page, which includes behavior links.