Fear Free

What is Fear Free and why are we excited about it at Gamble Pet Clinic?

We use frozen baby food as treats before, during and after exams and treatments.

Can you imagine telling your dog, “Let’s go to the vet!” and seeing her tail wag?  What about getting out your cat’s carrier and seeing him come running?  It is possible at Gamble Pet Clinic!  We are part of a new initiative sweeping veterinary medicine designed to ease the stress, fear and anxiety so many pets experience while at the veterinarians.

Developed by “America’s Veterinarian,” Dr. Marty Becker, the Fear Free initiative aims to “take the ‘pet’ out of ‘petrified’” and get pets back for veterinary visits by promoting a 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.  Learn more at www.fearfreepets.com.

 

What does it mean to be Fear Free Certified? 

Known as Fear Free, the training and certification program helps veterinarians modify their procedures, handlings, and facilities to help pets feel safe and comfortable while receiving the medical attention they need.

Least restraint methods and lots of treats help us to perform diagnostics with as little stress as possible. This cat is getting his blood pressure checked while eating whipped cream.

To become certified, veterinarians and veterinary staff are required to complete a comprehensive, 8-part educational course and exam.  They also have to take continuing education to remain certified.    Dr. Julie Gamble has taken this very important step and is Fear Free Certified and the team at Gamble Pet Clinic is receiving ongoing Fear Free training.

Pet owners who would like their pets to experience the Fear Free difference can schedule an appointment by calling 970-221-9995.

 

Whipped cream works as a great treat for our cats. This guy also has an acupuncture needle placed to help calm him.