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Cuyamaca Animal Hospital knows that veterinary visits can be stressful on your pets. That's why we take extra measures to ensure a pleasant and low-stress visit for you and your furry loved ones.

What We Do To Ensure Your Pets' Emotional Well-Being

  • We have Fear-Free certified professionals on our staff dedicated to the Fear-Free philosophy and methods.

  • We release Adaptil pheromones into the air to reduce stress in our canines and Feliway pheromones to help reduce stress in our felines.

    • Adaptil mimics the ​pheromone mother dogs emit after giving birth to help their puppies feel calm and secure - no matter their age, dogs will recognize this pheromone.

    • Feliway mimics the facial pheromone cats create when rubbing their cheeks against objects when they feel comfortable. This pheromone marks their territory as safe and secure.

  • We play therapeutic iCalm Pet music, which is specifically designed and tuned to the pets ear to instill relaxation.

  • Puzzle toys are used to keep pets happy and entertained. After all, mental stimulation is great for your pet's health.

  • We COMPLETELY separate our dogs and cats (separate wings and entrances).

  • We use Rescue cleaner, which absorbs and deteriorates any odor and pheromones leaving your pet feeling safe from unwanted signs of previous pets.

  • We utilize Fear-Free handling techniques when dealing directly with the pets. This means using only positive reinforcement, such as using treats, petting/scratching, a favorite toy, speaking in calm tones, and moving and approaching pets in non-threatening ways.

Steps You Can Take To Make Your Pets' Visit A Happy One

  • Does your pet show signs of stress and anxiety before going to the veterinary office? Feel free to call us or ask us if pre-visit sedation or supplements can help take the edge off and keep your pet happy while visiting us.

  • If you think your pet will be more comfortable waiting in the car, let us know and we'll be happy to accommodate you.

  • When you are placed in an exam room, we purposefully give you and your pet a few minutes to adjust and spend some calm time together. Use that time to let your pet explore and be loved on.

  • Consider bringing your pet hungry! We'll be giving your pets treats during the visit to help him/her associate a trip to the veterinarian with good and happy things.

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