You don’t have to sacrifice care by skipping out on regular veterinary visits because of stress. There are plenty of ways for you and your pet to stay relaxed during a veterinary visit. Here's a few simple things to keep in mind.
1. Try to leave for the vet when your pet is hungry (unless your vet tells you otherwise). When you arrive at the veterinary office, offer your pet an especially tasty treat (again, unless your veterinarian tells you otherwise—bloodwork often requires fasting).
2. If you or your pet get nervous in the waiting room due to the presence of other pets, ask the front desk if there is an empty exam room available where you can wait. You may even leave your pet in the car while you ask.
3. Early, positive experiences can build a foundation of trust and help prevent fear from developing.
At Sugar Hill Animal Hospital we are a Cat Friendly Practice®. What does this mean for you and your cat?
The Cat Friendly Practice® program is a global initiative designed to elevate care for cats by reducing stress and making visits easier for cats and caregivers. Awarded by the American Association of Feline Practitioners, the veterinary practice must meet specific criteria in order to become a Cat Friendly Practice®. These Cat Friendly Practices® take extra steps to provide the best care and experience for you and your cat.
What to expect from Sugar Hill Animal Hospital:
Understand the unique needs and behaviors of cats.
Have a feline-friendly environment and make veterinary visits more cat-friendly.
Understand how to approach and handle cats in a gentle, empathetic, and caring manner.
Have the appropriate equipment and facilities needed to diagnose and treat feline patients.
Meet specific standards for the facility and care of hospitalized cats.
Schedule an appointment for your feline friend to meet our caring staff and you can explore our facilities designed for feline patients!