We’re Fear Free

At West Loop Veterinary Care, we want every pet in Chicago to be happy to see us! Unfortunately, veterinary visits typically cause anxiety. To help make your visits more pleasant, we have several staff members who are Fear Free Certified Professionals. They engage pets with low-stress handling and fear-free techniques that keep pets calm and cooperative. However, each pet is different, so we’ll adjust our methods to suit their individual needs.

To put your pet at ease, our fear free staff may use the following techniques:

  • Letting pets come to us. Whether you have a shy dog or a hideaway cat, we make sure they engage with us when they’re ready, whether it’s nuzzling our hand, or poking their heads out of their carrier.
  • Examining them where they’re comfortable. Pets on exam tables often get anxious about being so high. If needed, our staff will perform exams wherever your pet feels most comfortable whether it is on the floor or in your arms!
  • Using food motivation. Every pet loves treats! To make exams easier with curious or uncomfortable pets who like to squirm or sniff around at what we’re doing, we may offer treats to focus them while we do our work in peace!

Beyond these methods, our staff has a wealth of knowledge to address any pet’s fear and anxiety while at the vet. We hope to make every pet feel right at home! To learn more about what it takes to be fear free certified, visit fearfreepets.com.