Fear Free Care

We offer low-stress handling for your pet.


Dr. Megan Bauer and her team are Fear Free Certified!

The Fear Free method was created to alleviate fear, anxiety, and stress in pets and educate and inspire the people that care for them. Fear Free focuses on both the physical and emotional well-being of your pets and aims to take the pet out of petrified.

Developed by “America’s Veterinarian,” Dr. Marty Becker, the Fear Free initiative aims to “take the ‘pet’ out of ‘petrified’” by promoting considerate approach and gentle control techniques used in calming environments. Utilization of Fear Free methods and protocols leads to the reduction or removal of anxiety triggers, which creates an experience that is rewarding and safer for all involved, including pets, their owners, and veterinary health care teams. The end result? Calmer, more accepting patients, and better veterinary care.

We are committed to making your pet’s visit as comfortable and low-stress as possible. We use species-specific calming pheromones, calming music, and gentle handling techniques. We have completed additional certification to learn all the newest techniques to make your pet’s visit as pleasant as possible.

A successful Fear Free visit starts before you even leave the house! If your dog or cat is nervous in the crate/car or has been nervous at the vet in the past, please let us know so we can prescribe a short-term anti-anxiolytic to keep your pet calmer and happier during his/her appointment!

The travel to the clinic is often the most stressful part for cats. Here are some tips on making the trip as pleasant as possible!

Fear Free Resources for Your Pet

Preparing for Your Visit

Trip to the Veterinary Hospital

How to Manage a Fear Free Return Home

How to Pill Your Pet With Kindness

Giving Medications to Your Pet

10 Things Your Vet Should Know

Creating a Fear Free Happy Home