Stress-Free Visits

At House Vets for House Pets, you’ll notice that we do things differently to make your pet’s visit as stress free as possible. That’s because we’ve modified our procedures, handling and facilities to help pets feel safe and comfortable while receiving the medical care they need.

If you think your pet may need either natural or traditional calming medications for traveling to our hospital, please contact us in advance. Remember, visiting the vet can be stressful for other pets waiting to be seen. For everyone’s safety, please be sure your pet is on a leash or in a pet carrier before entering the hospital. We do have team members who are fear-free certified, as House Vets for House Pets operates and handles pet visits as a fear-free practice.

Here are a few things you can do to help your pet have a Fear Free experience.

For cats and small dogs that travel in carriers:

  1. Pad the carrier with soft, folded towels or a pet bed.
  2. Leave the carrier with the door open where your pet can access it 2-3 days before the appointment, so your pet can get comfortable with it.
  3. Put some treats inside to spark their interest.
  4. Spray the carrier with a pheromone, or odors people can’t smell, but that are clinically proven to be calming for pets. For dogs, use Adaptil. For cats, use Feliway. These are available for purchase at our hospital.
  5. Apply 1 pheromone treatment to the inside of the carrier or bedding 15-20 minutes prior to departure. 
  6. Cover the top of the carrier with a towel while transporting your pet.
  7. Support the base of the carrier while you are carrying it to your car and into the clinic. Using a handle often causes the carrier to swing, making your pet nervous.
  8. Adjust your car seat and prop up one side of the carrier to keep it level.

For pets of all sizes:

  1. Where medically appropriate, do not give your pet food for 10-12 hours before your appointment to reduce car sickness and make treats more appetizing while here.
  2. We will make every effort to see you on time, and in a calm, welcoming environment for you and your pet.
  3. Make sure your dog is securely leashed or crated and by your side to help keep him or her calm while in the hospital.

We’re also a certified Cat Friendly Practice! Learn more here.