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Our Clinic is Fear Free Certified

Has your pet’s anxiety prevented you from bringing them in to see their vet? At Back Bay Veterinary Clinic, we chose to become a Fear Free Certified practice in order to take the fear out of veterinary visits and make it easier for pets to receive essential care. Our veterinarians and staff have undergone special training to make our practice a more relaxing, pet-friendly environment, and work with each pet individually to better understand their needs. Our goal is to make your pet as excited to see us as we are to see them!

Fear Free Certified Practice in Boston: Shy Puppy

What Makes Us Fear Free?

We cover a lot of ground to ensure that your pet’s experience at our clinic is a positive one. This means meeting a variety of standards that fall into these categories:

  • Physical & Emotional
  • Client Education
  • Medical Records
  • Facility
  • Community Education
  • Culture, training, and leadership
  • Patient Observation

Some of the steps we take to make our practice Fear Free for your pet include:

  • Minimizing wait times in our lobby
  • Having separate dog and cat exam rooms
  • Using treats for distraction and positive reinforcement during treatment
  • Handling and restraining pets in ways that increase their sense of security
  • Using dog and cat pheromones in their respective exam rooms to reduce stress
  • Understanding each pet’s anxiety triggers and knowing how to avoid them
  • Showing pet parents how to implement Fear Free practices of their own at home
Fear Free Certified Practice in Boston: Cat Laying On Exam Table

Learn More About the Fear Free Initiative

You are welcome to contact us at anytime to find out more about Fear Free and how it benefits you and your pet. You can also visit fearfreepets.com for more information.

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