Fear Free Chiropractic Care Now Available for El Paso and Teller County Pets
Local chiropractor earns certification to ease pets’ fear, anxiety during visits
Colorado Springs, Colorado – Can you imagine telling your dog, “Let’s go to the chiropractor!” and seeing their tail wag? How about getting out your cat’s carrier and seeing them come running? Or even your horse getting excited as Dr. Mathews drives up to your barn?
Local pet owners won’t need to imagine it if they partner with Dr. Mathews of Mathews Chiropractic in Colorado Springs. That’s because he is part of a new initiative sweeping the veterinary community designed to ease the stress, fear, and anxiety so many pets experience during office visits.
Known as Fear FreeSM, the training and certification program helps veterinary professionals modify their procedures, handling, and facilities to help pets feel safe and comfortable while receiving the care they need.
“We chose the Fear Free initiative because if animals we treat have less stress and anxiety then their treatment goes better and they recover faster. This Fear Free model allows us to deliver the best possible care to our pet patients and in return they have the best possible treatment outcomes,” says Dr. Jeffrey B. Mathews of Mathews Chiropractic.
Founded by veterinarian Dr. Marty Becker, the Fear Free Certification Program was developed by board-certified veterinary behaviorists, veterinary technician behavior specialists, board-certified veterinary anesthetists, well-known veterinary practice management experts, and board-certified veterinary practitioners experienced in Fear Free methods.
“Providing veterinarians with the tools they need to ease this burden of fear and anxiety for our patients is the pinnacle of my 37-year veterinary career,” said Dr. Becker, who was dubbed “America’s Veterinarian” by Dr. Oz and appeared on Good Morning America for 17 years. “Veterinary professionals are hungry for this information. Animals and their humans need and deserve it. And now it’s here!”
To become certified, veterinarians professionals are required to complete a comprehensive, 8-part educational course and exam. They also have to take continuing education to remain certified.
“Here at Mathews Chiropractic, we have always treated pet patients where they are most comfortable, however this Fear Free practice model has shown us some new tricks such as using pet pheromones to help our furry friends relax on a biochemical level and now we only allow one pet patient in at a time to further reduce their stress. By approaching each interaction with positivity and utilizing modified office procedures to minimize pet anxiety giving our best friends the best possible experience which encourages them to enjoy coming back,” says Dr. Mathews. “Pets with less stress and anxiety have better treatment outcomes overall and the recovery time decreases!”
Pet owners who would like their pets to experience the difference the Fear Free practice model can provide schedule an appointment by calling (719) 203-4252.
About Dr. Jeffrey B. Mathews DC, CAC, CCSP of Mathews Chiropractic
Dr. Mathews has been practicing chiropractic since 1989. He practiced 16 years in Missouri and then moved to Colorado in 2005. Having practiced chiropractic for 32 years and instructing it for 14 years, adding animal chiropractic was a natural fit for him. With his sports and extremity background, he enjoys helping all of his patients from nose to toes.
Dr. Mathews graduated from Animal Chiropractic Education Source (A.C.E.S) in Meridian, TX. He is Colorado Licensed, a Fear Free Certified professional, and is also certified by the American Veterinary Chiropractic Association (AVCA).
To be AVCA certified the doctor must pass a comprehensive written and clinical exam. Most importantly, if you’re seeking the best care for your animal, you’ll want to ensure your doctor is AVCA certified. Obtaining AVCA certification is considered the gold standard for animal chiropractors. With the addition of his Fear Free Certification, Dr. Mathews is well positioned to give your furry and galloping animals the best possible stress-free and comprehensive chiropractic care.
Learn more at https://www.mathewschiropractic.com/
About Fear Free
Developed by “America’s Veterinarian,” Dr. Marty Becker, the Fear FreeSM initiative aims to “take the ‘pet’ out of ‘petrified’” and get pets back for veterinary visits by promoting considerate approach and gentle control techniques used in calming environments. Utilization of Fear Free methods and protocols leads to reduction or removal of anxiety triggers, which creates an experience that is rewarding and safer for all involved including pets, their owners, and veterinary health care teams. Learn more at www.fearfreepets.com.