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Posted on 09-14-2016
Veterinarians love animals! No, this is not earth-shattering news, but just imagine how disappointed we are when a pet that we are trying to help is afraid of us. It is quite understandable, pets like routine and there is nothing routine about coming to the vets office! We all, in our own way try to make visits better, many times using trial and error, finding things that work well for many patients and trying to figure out what will help the more sensitive individuals. Clearly, this takes time and effort and in this way, we can be successful to a certain extent, but not 100%. It took someone with more influence and resources than your local veterianarian to put these ideas and concerns into a cohesive plan, that person was Dr. Marty Becker, and the plan is the Fear Free initiative. The goal is to use research and knowledge gathered by the whole veterinary/animal loving community to transform veterinary visits by promoting a considerate approach and gentle control techniques used in calming environments. The end result, 'calmer, more accepting patients, more compliant, happy clients, and better veterinary care.
We will be improving our techiniques toward this goal as we learn more and we will be passing on information to you to help us achieve this as well. The good (or bad) veterinary visit actually begins at home, you can check out "What to Expect" (link) to see how you can start helping you pet today!
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Love, love Lexington Animal clinic! All staff members are accommodating, friendly and knowledgeable. They will go out of their way to make sure your fur babies are well looked after and you know step by step care for any treatments. You need a quick nail trim, they try to squeeze you in, forget to call in a refill in time, they'll do their best to get it there a few days earlier.