Local veterinarians making visits less stressful on pets

Published: Jan. 16, 2018 at 5:37 PM EST
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Visiting the vet can be a stressful time for some pets at home, but now there is a national movement to make these trips easier.

The Fear Free Pet program trains veterinary professionals on how to create a more comfortable environment for their patients. Northern Veterinary Associates is one of the first in Upper Michigan to participate in the program.

Some of the changes include a wider selection of treats, on hand certified trainers, sound proofed kennels, and even a new paint job with contrasting colors.

“What we're doing is looking at a visit to a veterinary clinic through the eyes of our patients,” said Scott Jandron, Veterinarian and Co-owner of Northern Veterinary Associates. “We're taking into account the level of anxiety that some might have when they come and see us. Much like when people go to the doctor or dentist. Sometimes, there is a level of anxiety there.”

Another clinic that's part of the 'fear free' movement is the Animal Medical Center in Marquette Township. To see where your nearest participating clinic is,