Crossroads Animal Hospital

123 Nashua Road
Londonderry, NH 03053

(603)437-1010

www.crossroadsanimal-hospital.com

We are Feline Friendly

What does that mean, exactly?

Our staff is trained in low-stress handling, to help your pets have a comfortable, safe vet experience. We have studied low-stress handling techniques from Dr. Sophia Yin (drsophiayin.com), animal behaviorist, and are trained to know when an animal requires special handling. We know not all animals like coming to the vet, we try to be as accommodating as possible. We use minimal restraint, we have Feliway pheromone diffusers plugged into all of our feline exam rooms and in the waiting room,  offer cats the safety of being wrapped in warm towels (they love it, completely relaxes them), and speak to animals gently to make them feel comfortable. We are in the business of caring for animals, we want them to feel safe while they are here. We want to make this comfortable not only for our patient, but for our clients as well. We don't want you to dread bringing your pet to the vet. Here are some tips to help you get your cat to us successfully and with minimal stress:

 
  • Put the pet carrier in plain sight for a few days prior to a scheduled veterinary appointment (or any event where you will be putting your cat in there).
  • Put a comfortable blanket or towel inside of the carrier.
  • Toss a couple of treats in there or a favorite toy to entice your cat to go in and allow him/her to go in and out freely for a couple of days.
  • Spray the inside of the carrier and towel or blanket with Feliway to help calm the cat down when it's time to get in the car. You can also spray it once a day for a few days before the appointment to get them used to it.  We also carry Feliway wipes, those are a one time use wipe that you would use on the inside of the carrier an hour or two prior to leaving for your appointment. 
  • If your cat is not a great traveler in the car, you can drape the top of the carrier loosely with a towel or blanket sprayed with Feliway. 
  • When you schedule your appointment with us, if your cat doesn't do well in the waiting room with dogs, let us know and we can arrange to show you right into an exam room.