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4th Annual Jog for Dogs 5K Run & 1 Mile Walk

the gentle vet 4th Annual Jog for Dogs 5K Run 1 Mile Walk in Ohio

The Gentle Vet attended the 4th Annual Jog for Dogs 5K Run & 1 Mile Walk. The dog-friendly fundraiser event sponsored by the Cuyahoga County Animal Shelter was able to raise funds for shelter dogs in Akron and surrounding Ohio communities. We are grateful to have been part of an amazing event that will help save lives and spread the word about Fear Free Pets veterinary practices by attending. 

The Gentle Vet is officially a Fear Free Certified Practice!

fear free certified practice veterinarian helping pet patient

We're proud to announce that we are officially a Fear Free Certified Practice! The Gentle Vet is the only Fear Free Certified Practice in Akron, Ohio. A "Fear Free" practice for pets refers to an approach in veterinary medicine that emphasizes the reduction of fear, anxiety, and stress in pets during their visits to the veterinary clinic. The Fear Free initiative was established to improve the emotional well-being of pets and enhance the quality of care they receive. A relaxed pet allows for better clinical examinations, leading to more accurate diagnoses.

fear free certified practice cats wrapped in blanket

What does it mean to us to be a Fear Free practice?

Gentle Handling Techniques: Using low-stress handling methods to reduce potential trauma.

Consideration of the Pet's Perspective: Realizing how certain procedures or handling might be perceived by the pet.

Understanding Fear, Anxiety, and Stress (FAS): Recognizing the signs of fear and anxiety in pets and understanding their root causes.

Environmental Management: Designing a clinic environment that is calming for pets, e.g., having separate waiting areas for cats and dogs.

Fear Free practices are crucial because they prioritize the emotional and physical well-being of pets. They recognize that a visit to the vet should not just be about addressing physical ailments but also about ensuring that the pet's emotional state is considered and cared for.