Why Fear Free Certification is More Than a Good Idea
Jonah, my 4-year-old, Burmese kitty, just got home from his dental procedure (not just surgery, SURGERY). His mouth is filled with all the dental oddities that come with being short jawed and having too many teeth. And of course he is as cute as can be.
These surgeries have become a yearly event and, yes, each year brings him closer to having no teeth to extract. Although I have worked with an abundance of Fear Free practices, I don’t think I had truly appreciated what it means to a pet owner. These surgeries for Jonah have not been easy but because of this proven method, he doesn’t panic when I get the carrier out days before his appointment. There’s no hiding under the bed in fear.
The practice takes the torture (and the owner guilt) out of these procedures.
Now I have comfort in knowing that the dentistry makes him healthier and provides
him with a better quality of life and it isn’t at the expense of a fearful,
frantic Kitty who is terrified at the sight of a carrier. Oh, and thankfully, we
also avoid the “watch me pee in the corner in dissent” moments. Commit to Fear
Free at your practice – your clients will thank you as well.