Fear Free

Fear Free Veterinary Visits

We use low-stress handling techniques with all pets. This means we take special precautions to decrease your pet’s anxiety. For example, we use pheromones like Adaptil and Feliway throughout the clinic. 

We also use non-slip mats on exam tables and classical music. These are all elements of Fear Free and Low-Stress Handling.

“Bella” has been getting regular nail trims at Oakview since she was a puppy. Because we combine fewer restraints with food and praise rewards, her nail trims are quick and easy.


Our clinic cat “Meeko” is lying on a nonslip matt covered with a heated towel. Behind him is a hidey box he can use if he feels overwhelmed. There is a Feliway plugin nearby, the iCat is playing cat-friendly music, and Composure Pro is available as a natural stress soother.


Client Testimonial

“We began taking Oreo to the Oakview Veterinary
Medical Center days after we adopted him in June 2017. Oreo was six years old
and had been through several foster homes in one year. Since he feared new
people and reacted strongly to other dogs, we were concerned that finding the
right veterinary practice might be a challenge.

The staff at Oakview was incredibly patient with and supportive of Oreo from the very beginning. Over the past year, Oreo has gone from growling and nipping when getting his nails trimmed to greeting his favorite techs by wagging his tail happily. All staff members have an understanding of Oreo’s preferences (e.g., towel on the scale, nail trimming done with mommy or daddy in the room, lots of treats) and are able to make him feel comfortable. Now, Oreo enjoys seeing his friends at Oakview each time we have an appointment.”


Fear Free Cat Visit

The American Association of Feline Practitioners certifies practices to be “Cat-Friendly.” Part of this means we believe in the respectful handling of cats to reduce fear and anxiety. It also means we are up to date on the latest medical advancements for felines.

To read more about what it means to be cat-friendly:

What is a cat friendly practice?


What can YOU do?? A fear-free vet visit starts at home!

Cats: How to prepare for a fear-free visit

Dogs: How to prepare for a fear-free visit

Our blog, Oakview Pet Gazette, has many articles about Fear Free!