We’re Fear Free

Along with keeping your pet healthy, alleviating their fear when they visit our hospital in Tewksbury is one of our highest priorities. It’s important to remember that for our pets, entering a new place where other animals and people have been can be very overwhelming. This can make your pet very anxious, and that anxiety could affect the quality of care they receive. At Shawsheen Animal Hospital, our goal is to make it easier for cats and dogs to undergo treatment during their visits with us. That’s why we have gone a step beyond to obtain Fear Free accreditation for our practice.

About the Fear Free Initiative

Our veterinary team has dedicated itself to implementing steps to minimize stress and create a more calming environment for our four-legged visitors. For a team member to become a Fear Free Professional, they must complete two certification programs which include training in areas including:

  • Reducing or eliminating anxiety triggers
  • Improving hospital safety
  • Increasing client compliance
  • Enhancing quality of medicine provided
  • Sedation, anesthesia and analgesia
  • …and more

Fear Free was founded by Dr. Marty Becker, who saw a very obvious need for improvement in veterinary medicine and how animals were responding to treatment. Since then, thousands of veterinary professionals have adopted the Fear Free initiative to improve patient care.

Steps We Take To Reduce Stress in Our Patients

Some of the ways in which we implement our Fear Free strategy include:

  • Helping owners devise ways to transport their pets and acclimate them to car rides and carriers
  • Formulating safe and appropriate check-in and check-out protocols
  • Having designated cat and dog exam rooms to increase their feelings of security and comfort
  • Gentler handling and restraint techniques with fewer team members present
  • Techniques for desensitizing patients to stressors
  • Finding more comfortable locations to administer treatments or perform exams on pets
  • Developing a comprehensive history of the patient’s personality, behaviors and responses to treatment so we can devise better ways to accommodate them

If you would like to know more about Fear Free and how it can benefit your pet, visit fearfreepets.com. Have questions for us? Give us a call at (978) 851-5558 and we’ll be happy to answer them.