How We’re Making Vet Visits Fear Free

Photo courtesy of Blum Animal Hospital

We know not all pets love coming to the vet and that their visit to us may be something that may be scary. Through the Fear Free Initiative, we are trying to help ease your pet’s anxiety and make each trip to see the doctor as stress free as possible.

There are two products that we carry that are designed to aid your pet with stressful situations. For dogs, the product is called Adaptil and comes in either a collar, spray or diffuser. According to the official site, “Adaptil is a synthetic pheromone that mimics the pheromone mother dogs emit after giving birth to help their puppies feel calm and secure. Dogs of all ages recognize this pheromone throughout life.” We offer complementary Adaptil sprayed bandanas for all dogs who come into our lobby. These bandanas are especially useful to apply when nervous or anxious pups are waiting for an appointment. To make the Adaptil collar the most effective, your dog should wear it for 30 continuous days and should be close to their skin since it is activated by body heat.

For cats, the product is called Feliway and comes in a spray, diffuser or wipe. Per the official site, “When a cat feels comfortable in their environment, they rub their cheeks against objects leaving a facial pheromone. Feliway is a synthetic copy of the feline facial pheromone used by cats to mark their territory as safe and secure.”

Throughout the entire hospital, we have both Adaptil and Feliway diffusers – especially in every exam room and treatment areas, which pets frequent the most. These diffusers last for 30 days and cover up to 700 sq. feet. When we use the Adaptil and Feliway sprays, they both are effective for 4-5 hours, and the recommended use is to apply 8-10 sprays 15 minutes prior to letting your pet sniff the sprayed area. We spray Feliway on towels before a cat’s appointment, and spray carriers when a cat is going home after a procedure to help minimize their stress levels.  We also wipe down all exam tables and scales before every appointment.  Most of the time both Adaptil and Feliway are odorless to humans; the only time people can smell it is when it is first sprayed from the bottle and there is a slight smell of rubbing alcohol.

If you have any further questions about Adaptil or Feliway and how it can help your furry family member, please call us at: (773) 327-4446.

Written for Blum Animal Hospital by Jackie Sheppard.