We are a fear & pain free vet clinic

Here at Manningham Vet Clinic we strive to do whatever we can to make your pets comfortable and happy during their vet visits. Our top priority is ensuring that all patients are handled and treated respectfully and with a low-stress approach, we never force pets into doing things that make them uncomfortable. 

There are also a lot of things you can do as a pet-owner, too, to ensure the whole experience is much less stressful for your pet!  Here are just a few: 

Fear-Free Tips for Cat Owners 

  • Consider investing in a cat carrier that opens from the top and/or has an easily removable top. This can make vet visit much less stressful, as we can examine your cat right inside his/her carrier. 
  • Place the carrier in a central area of the home at least 3 days prior to coming to the clinic. Make their carrier a happy and not a scary place (place treats inside). This will make getting them into it a much easier process for you and them. 
  • Cover the carrier with a towel or blanket to reduce stimuli while they’re traveling. 
  • Play calming classical music to decrease anxiety (Music for Cats by David Teie is great!) 
  • Speak in a low calm voice. High pitched praise or reaffirmation often increases anxiety. 
  • When you arrive, carry the carrier with both hands. This prevents your cat from becoming unbalanced.
  • In the waiting area, cover the carrier with one of our Feliway-infused towels. 
  • Ask us if pre-visit sedation or supplements might take the edge off and keep your pet happy and relaxed. 

Fear-Free Tips for Dog Owners 

  • Consider using a harness or fixed length leash. This allows more control during, what can be a somewhat anxious visit. 
  • Condition them early to enjoy car rides. Start with short drives around the neighbourhood. Feed treats and make it a positive experience. Add more and more time as they get used to it. If ever anxious, stop and try again another day. 
  • On the day of the visit, feed a small meal in the morning. If they are hungry, your dog will respond better to food rewards during the vet visit. 
  • Bring their favourite treat, kibble, or toy with them to their appointment. Speak in a low voice. High pitched praise can often increase anxiety. 
  • If you have an anxious dog, leave them in the car and check in with the nurse on reception. We can come and get you when the veterinarian is ready. 
  • If your dog is more comfortable in the waiting room, please let us know.  The vet can sometimes exam him/her out there! 
  • Ask us if pre-visit sedation or supplements might take the edge off and keep your pet happy and relaxed. 

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