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Fear Free-Certified Veterinarians at MASH Vet

Sep 30, 2018 01:48PM

Veterinarians Dr. Margo Roman and Dr. Dianicia Kirton at Main Street Animal Services of Hopkinton (MASH Vet) are certified as Fear Free professionals. The mission is to reduce fear, anxiety and stress for veterinary visits. It’s a kinder, gentler way to handle the pet in efforts to make veterinary appointments easier and more rewarding for both the pet and client.

According to vet professionals, 75 percent of cats and dogs are frightened when they visit the veterinary hospital. This reaction can impact the accuracy of diagnostics. Values can be elevated in high stress situations, such as blood pressure, heart rate and temperature. A Fear Free-certified professional will leverage techniques to help calm the pet and reduce stress to have a more accurate appointment. They also train their team members to do the same.

Some examples of what a Fear Free-certified professional takes into consideration: minimizing contact between species to avoid undue stress (keeping cats and dogs separated); using soft mats (like yoga mats) on exam table and floors, preventing slipping and offering a more soothing environment than cold, slick table; offering pets high value treats to increase comfort and motivation, allowing ability for the pet to relax; and allowing the pet to get used to the doctor’s voice and presence in the room before approaching the animal.

Pets have body language, too. A Fear Free veterinary professional will monitor the subtle cues and adjust their approach in response.

Location: 72 W. Main St., Hopkinton. For more information, call 508-435-4077 or visit MASHVet.com.

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