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Emotional health matters

We spend a lot of time at Noah’s caring for physical health, but your pet’s emotional health is just as important! Our pets are a social species and fear and anxiety are harmful. These emotions cause permanent changes in the brain and can lead to worsening feelings of fear and anxiety in the future. We all, as pet owners and as health professionals, are engaging in behavior development every minute of every day, for better or for worse, whether we know it or not.

Why reduce stress and fear? It’s a win-win-win!

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 How to reduce stress?

There are many ways we try to make our patients more comfortable. The biggest goal is to offer individualized care. What works for some pets doesn’t work for others. Low stress handling is also used in each aspect of the visit. From getting into an exam room as soon as possible to prevent intermingling in the lobby, to how we schedule and which areas of the hospital we use, even logistics can play a role in low stress handling.

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When to reduce stress? Low stress handling and making an enjoyable visit start before you even walk through the clinic door!

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The Reward

We love seeing our patients happy and ready to enjoy their visit to us. Few things are as rewarding as emotional care in our patients. Seeing a pet that used to be petrified able to complete their exam and care reaffirms how important emotional care is to our pets. Rewarding pets who already enjoy coming into the clinic renews our commitment to low stress handling. Being part of early puppy and kitten socialization, building that foundation of positive experiences makes the future brighter for us all, and is just plain fun!