At Healthy Paws Animal Hospital we believe in creating a positive environment for our pets.

Utilization of Fear-Free methods and protocols leads to reduction of anxiety triggers, which creates an experience that is rewarding and safer for all involved, including pets, their owners, and veterinary hhealthcareteams.

Dr. Busch is proud to be a certified Fear-Free Provider.

Our clinic also uses Feliway & Adpatil products in house to provide the best possible environment for our furry friends.

Pheromones are natural chemical signals that are widely used for animal communication. When emitted by one individual, pheromones are then detected by other individuals from the same species and affect their behavior. Different body structures secrete pheromones (which are different from hormones), associated with different functions, such as social relationships, territorial-marking pheromones, sexual pheromones, maternal appeasing pheromones, or alarm pheromones.

FELIWAY® mimics the feline facial pheromones (F3) used by cats to mark their territory as safe and secure. Cats that mark their territory with facial rubbing indicate they are happy and comfortable in their environment.

Adaptil is a synthetic copy of the pheromone released by a mother dog from her mammary area after her puppies’ birth. This pheromone is a comforting message, providing a strong signal of security and safety to puppies as they explore the world and face so many challenges.

Your pet’s Fear Free experience starts at home!

Here’s what you can do to help:

  • Help your cat become comfortable with its carrier by leaving the carrier out with his/her favorite blanket inside and lots of treats as rewards when they walk in on their own.
  • Make their ride to the vet clinic fear free by using calming music and making sure your pet is secure and safe in the vehicle. Generally the best spot to place their carrier is on the floor of the car behind the passenger sheet. We recommend covering the carrier with a towel or blanket.
  • Use calming pheromones at home and in the car.
  • Bring your pet’s favorite treats, toys, and blankets with them when you come into the vet clinic.
  • Let us know when you arrive if your pet is nervous/anxious around other animals. We try to place all pets and their families in exam rooms right away to reduce the stress of being in a busy lobby. If for some reason there is a wait, please let us know if your pet prefers to wait with you in the air conditioned car and we can come out to get you when the exam rom is open.
  • Be a part of your pet’s visit. Join us in rewarding your pet with tasty treats and comfort them before and after their exams to help them feel more comfortable and relaxed. Please don’t punish your pet for being nervous or scared. We understand their anxiety of being in a new place and want them to learn this is a safe, loving place and never a place of punishment. We request you not use shock collars or prong /pinch/choke collars while in our clinic to reduce anxiety associated with these tools.
  • We do require our technicians to hold your pet during their exams, but we’d love you to talk to them and feed them treats so that they have a constant reminder that you are there and everything is okay.

If your pet remains nervous and anxious despite our efforts to make their visits Fear Free, our veterinarians can go over options with you on medication and sedation for your pet. If you have any questions, just ask! We want to make sure you are comfortable and happy with the care your pet receives.

Contact us today to make your appointment! We’d love to get to know you and your pet!