Have you ever noticed that most veterinary offices have slip leads in the lobby and waiting areas?
They aren’t only for the owner that may forget their leash at home.
Did you know your dog is actually safer on a shorter, non-retractable leash?
We prefer that you do not use your retractable leash while visiting us. That’s why we provide these short slip leashes for you to use while here or bring home with you, for other situations when you may need a little more control over your pet.
Your dog may behave very well for you on a retractable leash in most situations. However, when at the Vet, there are new smells, new dogs and lots of emotions at play. Unless the lock function is applied, a retractable leash isn’t doing your dog, or the other pets here, any favors. There is a time and a place to be given freedom to roam and explore, and the Vet’s office isn’t one of them.
Your dog may be very friendly and want to approach every dog they see. While other dogs may also be very friendly, they may be here because they aren’t feeling well or have an injury and may be a little more agitated than usual. In these cases, it is best that your keep your pet next to you and in control at all times.
It isn’t only retractable leashes, but also very long leashes and bungee leashes that we discourage. The majority of our staff is Fear Free Certified, which means that we’ve all taken classes and gotten certified to make your pets as anxiety free as possible when coming to visit us.
According to the Fear Free Happy Homes website, “A six-foot regular leash is our suggestion to help keep your dog at a controllable distance from you. Retractable leashes can be dangerous to not only dogs but humans and make it more difficult to keep your dog where you want him.”
Do not be offended if we ask you to use one of our leashes while you’re here! It’s not you, we promise. We just want to make sure that when your pet comes to see us, that they are as safe and controlled as possible.