Fear Free Means Happy Paws: The Magical Music Box Called Pet Tunes

When I became Fear Free Certified earlier this year, I searched for the best tools to bring on board with me. These would help promote the goal of stress and fear-free interactions for all of my special needs and medical needs clients. Although we have quite a few great items in our toolbox, the Pet Tunes Bluetooth Speaker (I like to call it my “magical music box”) is one of my favorites!

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Help Your Pet Enjoy the 4th of July as Much as You Do!

Most people really love the 4th of July; it’s a time to celebrate with family and friends and officially kick off our summer and enjoy some fireworks. Please be aware, however, that your pets will not be enjoying most of these festivities! The 4th of July weekend is when the MOST pets go missing and/or never return home; an increase of almost 30%. So as you’re planning your celebration, look towards your pet’s safety as well!

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Recognizing Signs of Fear in Your Dog

Almost 90% of owners will say that their pet has some sort of behavioral problem. This can range from the “reactive”or “cranky” to “dominant” pets. There is a behavior or “personality quirk” that’s not ideal, but it’s something that the pet’s family lives with because…well, why not? It’s not a big deal. He’s just “cranky” or “certain things set him off”. But what if you can notice signs of discomfort before that happens? What if Fido is acting out because he’s scared? Can you recognize the early signs of fear? [Read more…]

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Fear Free Means Happy Paws: 4 Simple Ways to Help Our Pets with Stress

Science can measure stress and its effect on the health and well-being of our pets. Both short-lived and chronic stress can impact their health, healing process, and lifespan. Fear Freesm ideas help lower our pet’s level of anxiety, which results in a happier pet and a safer environment for treatment (both at the vet clinic and at home). [Read more…]

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Fear Free Seminar with Dr. Marty Becker, DVM

On April 26th, the A&R Critter Care team was privileged to attend a Seminar hosted at Mile High Stadium where we heard Dr. Marty Becker speak about an initiative called Fear Free.  To say the least, we were incredibly impressed and are making it a priority for ARCC to be the first professional pet care service (in the country!) to have a Fear Free Certified Professional and begin implementing this practice! We absolutely loved hearing more about this initiative because, being veterinary professionals, we’ve felt that there is always more we can do to help reduce a pet’s fear and anxiety  when it comes to not only veterinary visits, but also medical treatments at home. [Read more…]

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Choosing a Professional Pet Sitter or Boarding Kennel? Consider This:

Most pet parents would love nothing more than to bring their furry kids with them when they take a well-deserved vacation. Unfortunately, our pets aren’t always good travelers. And of course there are family emergencies and illnesses when it might be hard to pay proper attention to your pet. In those cases, you want to find quality pet care that meets your pet’s needs and gives you peace of mind. Depending on your pet’s needs, this can be a boarding facility, pet sitter, veterinary clinic, or alternative care. Vacations are about relaxing and being carefree, and with the right pet care provider, you can enjoy it to the fullest!

Luckily for you, there are several different options to choose from for your furry family. Depending on your answers to the following questions, each one can be a good fit for both you and your pet!

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