Fear-Free Practice: What’s That?

Birds and exotic pets are for the most part prey animals. This means that it is their instinctual nature to regard any type of restraint, handling, or examination as a threat to their lives. The fear response can trigger aggression as they desire nothing more than to escape to safety, can cause them to injure themselves, and can even affect certain diagnostics. Radiographs, ultrasounds, and CT results are directly affected by the compliance of the patient.

Exotic Vet Care maintains a fear-free practice, which means that in addition to special handling techniques to establish trust and security, pets sometimes need a little sedation or anesthesia for their comfort and safety prior to working with them. A calm, pain-free pet is a happy pet. Sedation is given as a nose drop or a quick shot customized for your pet’s specific weight, age, needs, and condition. In minutes, your pet will be relaxed and stress-free, ready for us to perform a thorough examination and any necessary treatments.