Fear Free Practice

Dr. DiGiacomo is excited to announce that she is now officially certified as a Fear Free Certified Professional, having completed several hours of training in fear free handling techniques. Many of our patients are stressed and anxious about coming to the veterinarian, and this may lead to pets not receiving the medical care they need in a timely fashion. NSVH has fully embraced the Fear Free Practice movement, and our entire staff is undergoing certification in stress-free, gentle handling techniques for our patients.

Fear Free certification has provided us with a number of techniques to keep your pet’s visits to NSVH as stress-free as possible. We have a number of highly tasty food treats to keep our patients occupied during examinations, vaccinations and blood draws. Our exam rooms are equipped with species-specific pheromones, scientifically proven to have a calming effect on stressed dogs and cats.

Our technicians and Dr. D have undergone hours of training in gentle, calm handling techniques that minimize stress. If these techniques are not enough to reduce your pet’s anxiety about the vet, Dr. DiGiacomo can recommend natural supplements and/or prescription medications to help!

Our Fear Free Practice mission closely aligns with our Cat-Friendly Practice mission. NSVH has separate waiting, hospitalization and exam rooms that are designated solely for our feline friends. This helps keep our kitty patients calm and fear free!

For more on what Fear Free means, please visit: www.fearfreepets.com.

See the Fear Free dog trainers that NSVH works with.

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Newtown Square, PA 19073


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