Does your sweetie turn into Cujo as soon as you get to the vet clinic due to fear? Are you bringing your pet in for anal sac expression or nail trims and your pet thinks we are trying to commit murder? Does you pet battle painful ear infections?
We now offer “pre-visit” pharmaceuticals to ease the stress and pain of such visits. We want your pets to love us! We don’t charge for these. We offer both gabapentin (which decreases anxiety AND offers analgesia) and Trazodone (which doesn’t decrease pain but is a dandy for anxiety). Again, these are FREE.
We would like for you to come get it as soon as you make the appointment so you can give it 2 or 3 hours prior to the exam. And if your pet is really anxious, you can give a dose the night before as well.
We strive to be as “Fear Free” as possible. Dr Joi and Dr Kate always incorporate local anesthesia into surgical procedures, but we often also use local anesthesia for ear care and hot spots in awake pets. Sometimes if there is a situation where a pet is in pain, will sedate the pet with a twilight sedative rather than do things that hurt while the pet is awake. ASK US!
We know your kitty doesn’t appreciate getting nabbed from the back of the couch, getting put in a box and going for a car ride and landing at the vet clinic. Our own cats don’t much like it either! We spray our scrubs with Feliway when we meet a cat. We also have Feliway diffusers in the cat exam room and in the treatment areas. (Feliway is a pheromone analog. You know when your cat is rubbing it’s chin on you? That is your kitty marking you with a pheromone and saying, “This human is MINE!” Feliway puts cats at ease.)
We always have treats for pets. Dogs are easy to please, but cats may be more finicky with treats to distract them so we have whipped cream for our feline friends. For dogs we have numerous treats, and our peanut butter bill is surprisingly high at Tequesta Vet Clinic!