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Your Pet’s Fear Free Experience

Wednesday, March 20th, 2019

At Berkeley Veterinary Center, a Fear Free experience for you and your furry friends is of utmost priority to us. Did you know that our staff and doctors have undergone special training to ensure that your pet’s stress, anxiety, and fear is kept as minimal as possible during their visit?

Learn about all the extra things we do at our Fear Free Certified facility to make your pet’s experience a great one!

It’s the Little Things

There are so many things that go into helping each pet who enters our practice feel at ease. Fear Free is about adapting to the needs of each individual patient. For example, a food-loving lab is going to require a much different approach than a terrified kitty!

Some of the things that we do to decrease fear, anxiety, and stress in our patients may include:

Treats, treats, and more treats — We utilize food as a reward and a distraction for many of our patients. This helps us to earn their trust and is often enough to keep a pet preoccupied during their exam. Special high value treats like spray cheese and peanut butter are always on hand, but you are encouraged to bring along your pet’s favorites. Be sure your pets arrive to their appointment hungry!

Pheromones everywhere — While you may not notice them, your dog or cat is sure to take note of the pheromone diffusers throughout our hospital. Feliway for cats and Adaptil for dogs help to put our patients at ease.

Getting down — Getting down on your pet’s level helps to create a sense of calm in many of our patients. Don’t be surprised to see us down on the floor. We may also get creative about performing procedures where your pet is most comfortable, such as in someone’s arms or up on one of our chairs. It’s all about getting things done safely and without anxiety.

A smelly undertaking — We hope that you notice the absence of smells in our hospital when you walk in. Your pet is sure to notice as well. We take extra care to remove odors that may cause nose-blindness or feed fear in the animals who visit.

No dogs allowed — Almost nothing is scarier for our feline patients than being greeted face-to-face by an unfamiliar and most unwelcome dog. The barking, smells, and general commotion that comes with canines can increase stress and anxiety in our cat patients.  Separate dog and cat entrances into the hospital, separate dog and cat waiting rooms, and a cat-only exam room help to minimize this.

A considerate approach — You may wonder why we don’t just jump in and get the job done. Moving slowly and using a pet’s body language to gauge how they are feeling can help us to get more accomplished during your pet’s visit with less stress and anxiety.  

Calming sounds — Sometimes the sounds at a veterinary hospital can be disconcerting for already anxious animals. We do our best to minimize these, often using calming music to help.

Prioritizing wants vs needs — We may have a laundry list of things that we hope to accomplish during your pet’s visit, but your pet will likely have some different ideas. We do our best to prioritize the things that “need” to happen, saving the things that we “want” to happen for last. This allows us to provide the best medicine for your pet, while making good judgements about when to push on and when to maybe try under different circumstances another day.

Fear Free is Our Goal

A Fear Free experience is very important to us. It is a rewarding feeling to work with your pets in a stress-free environment. Creating this experience for our pet patients is rewarding because it helps to build a sense of trust in the dogs and cats we treat and makes them want to see us again. It also allows us to see their true personalities, and to get to know them better.

If you have questions or want to learn more about Fear Free, please give us a call. We would love to meet you and your pet. You can also find more information on Fear Free at FearFreePets.com.  

It’s that Time of Year! Sweet Holiday Pet Traditions Everyone Loves

Tuesday, December 18th, 2018
Holiday pet traditions can make holidays with pets fun!

Most of us place a lot of value on family traditions this time of year, like caroling, making gingerbread houses, or binging holiday movies together. In fact, we often strive to top our experience from the previous year! The point is, making holiday memories is fun and important.

Since it’s natural to want to get the whole family involved, holiday pet traditions are becoming more and more popular among pet owners. Looking for some ideas for your own two- and four-legged loved ones? You’re in luck!

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Splish-Splash for Spot: Understanding Water Safety for Dogs

Wednesday, July 18th, 2018

Water safety for dogs is important when swimming with dogsFor many of us, swimming is one of the best ways to stay in shape, cool off, and socialize with friends. For those of us with canine companions, a day on the water offers much of the same benefits – but with a catch!

Swimming is as natural to dogs as it is to humans, which is to say that not every pup is inclined to the water. Learn more about water safety for dogs by reviewing these tips from the friendly team at Berkeley Veterinary Center. (more…)

Under Pressure: Glaucoma in Dogs

Tuesday, March 20th, 2018

glaucoma in dogsIt is said that the eyes are the windows to the soul. They are very important when it comes to day to day function in humans and in most animals. While we can survive without them, it is necessary to do our best to care for them and preserve their function.

One of the more common eye problems we diagnose at Berkeley Veterinary Center is glaucoma in dogs. Learn what this painful and potentially devastating disease looks like, so you can help your pet, should you ever encounter it.

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Let’s Celebrate Service Dogs This Month!

Wednesday, September 6th, 2017

service dogsNational Service Dog Month is a great way to recognize the important role of dogs in the lives of the people they serve, assist, and protect. The entire month of September is dedicated to raising cultural awareness of all the things service dogs do for our friends, family members, and neighbors. Ready to reflect on and celebrate their importance? We are, too!

Improve Quality of Life

Originally launched as a fundraiser to benefit training programs around the country, National Service Dog Month is now a nationwide celebration of the exemplary work completed by service dogs in our communities.
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