Fear free visits to the vet: Many pet owners avoid taking their pets for regular veterinary care because of fear, anxiety, and stress (FAS) that their pets may experience. Fortunately, there are many things that can be done on behalf of pets who experience FAS. We recommend booking the first appointment of the morning or afternoon to avoid waiting if we are behind. . This will help to reduce build up of anxiety while waiting to be seen. We can also supply you with safe and mild sedatives that you can give at home the night before a visit and then again 2-3 hours before their appointment. For dogs, we usually start with Trazodone and add in Gabapentin if needed. For cats we generally use Gabapentin. In cases of severe anxiety in dogs, we can give you a third sedative orally or in a treat when you arrive, however this would take 20-30 minutes to take effect and create a more profound sedation.
If travel, thunder, or fireworks upset your dog, he or she may benefit from natural calming supplements, tranquilization or sedation. If sedated, the animal will stay awake or sleep lightly but can be aroused when stimulated. To minimize any potential risk associated with tranquilization or sedation, we need to assess each animal individually before we dispense these medications.
Please contact us if you would like to set up an assessment or discuss sedation with us.