Cat Friendly Practice
Bernardo Heights Veterinary Hospital is proud to be an AAFP certified Cat Friendly Practice.
It can be stressful for both you and your cat to visit the veterinarian. The veterinary visit starts before you even arrive at the veterinary clinic with trying to get your cat in the carrier and the car ride to the practice. 58% of cat owners report that their cat hates going to the veterinarian and 38% report they get stressed just thinking about bringing their cat to the practice.
When designated as a CFP, we have proven that we taken specific extra steps to assure they understand a cat's unique needs, have implemented feline-friendly standards, and have made changes to decrease stress and provide a more calming environment, such as feline-only waiting areas or exam rooms.
Our staff has also been trained in feline-friendly handling and understanding cat behavior in order to increase the quality of care for your cat.
Additionally, we ONLY administer adjuvant free feline vaccines. It is highly suspected that adjuvanted feline vaccines do carry an increased risk for inducing feline vaccine site sarcomas, so while there is not a complete consensus in the veterinary community, many studies in peer reviewed scientific journals and many veterinary specialists recommend using only adjuvant free vaccines in felines to reduce these risks. We follow these recommendations, again acting as the best possible advocate for your pet and your family's health. For more information see the feline vaccine guidelines set forth on the AAFP website.