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Fear Free

Fear Free is a series of training protocols for veterinary professionals, trainers, and pet owners on the reduction of fear, anxiety, and stress in pets. Many of the veterinary professionals on our Sawtooth Animal Center team are proudly Fear Free certified.

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Fear Free Certification

When veterinary professionals undertake the task of becoming Fear Free Certified, they are showing their dedication to providing their four-legged patients with veterinary care that aims to reduce the fear, anxiety, and stress that often accompany a visit to the vet.

Our Fear Free certified team members have undergone extensive training on how to create a calm and welcoming environment for pets, and how to recognize when an animal is feeling fearful or anxious and needs a more gentle approach.

Fear Free Certified, Bellevue Vet

Fear Free Techniques

Sawtooth Animal Center is dedicated to decreasing stress, anxiety, and fear in patients while offering the best medical care possible.

The small things we do to make your pet's experience at our hospital positive include offering treats, KONGS, mats, and hiding spaces. This also includes pre-visit medications when needed, and modifications in our handling techniques.

Larger Fear Free principles have been incorporated into the design of our animal hospital, including separate cat and dog areas.

We feel that following both big and small Fear Free principles makes our delivery of patient care a more gentle and positive experience for our patients and their owners.

From the moment you walk through our doors, we want you to know that you and your pet are important to us!

Many of our staff members have worked hard at becoming certified in Fear Free as part of their dedication to providing outstanding veterinary care.

How We Implement Fear Free

At our veterinary clinic, many of our professionals are trained in Fear Free practices and philosophies; thus, the basic principles of this approach extend throughout the hospital and are prioritized second only to the medical care of our patients.

We work with our patients and their owners to undertake the following steps before and during each appointment:

New Patients Welcome

Sawtooth Animal Center Bellevue is accepting new patients! Our experienced vets are passionate about the health of Bellevue companion animals. Get in touch today to book your pet's first appointment.

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