Many dogs and cats experience stress during their visits to the veterinarian. An unfamiliar place, sights, sounds, smells, and animals all add to an experience that creates a fear response. And besides being difficult for a pet owner to see in their loving companion, stress responses also make quality medical care difficult. This is because the stress hormone, cortisol, affects a pet’s body temperature, blood pressure, and heart rate. Veterinary professionals rely on these systems to assess a pet’s overall wellness. A stress response can make it difficult to know whether there is a health issue present or if a pet is merely fearful. That is why we are so passionate about Fear Free, and proud of our certification. Our team has undergone extensive and specialized training in handling and caring for pets to significantly reduce any fear experienced. And we have designed our hospital from the perspective of creating a comforting, warm, and gentle experience for pets. Because when your pet is family, nothing less will do.