Low Stress Care Many dogs and cats experience stress during their visit to the vet. Unfamiliar people, animals, sights, sounds, smells... their body kicks into flight mode. This can be difficult for a pet owner to see. More than that, though, it can jeopardize the quality of care they receive. That's because when a pet (or human!) experiences stress, their body releases a hormone called cortisol. This hormone effects an animal's blood pressure, heart rate, and body temperature. This is a problem, as these systems are used in evaluating the overall health of a pet. This can make it difficult for a veterinary professional to know whether a true health issue exists or if it's merely a stress response. That is why we train our team to use low stress techniques and make sure to reduce any fear that your pet experiences. Because we care about your pet like we do our own, and nothing less will do.