Fear Free Veterinary Care Now Available for Markham Area Pets

Local veterinarian is certified to ease pets’ fear, anxiety during visits visits to the animal hospital.

Can you imagine telling your dog, “Let’s go to the vet!” and seeing her tail wag? How about getting out your cat’s carrier and seeing him come running?

Local pet owners won’t need to imagine it if they visit Dr. Ernst Marsig at the Animal Hospital of Unionville. That’s because he is part of a new initiative sweeping veterinary medicine designed to ease the stress, fear, and anxiety so many pets experience while at the veterinarian.

Known as Fear FreeSM, the training and certification program helps veterinarians modify their procedures, handling, and facilities to help pets feel safe and comfortable while receiving the medical care they need.

Going to the vets can be so intimidating, especially for cats. Since we practice fear free care, the entire visit becomes more pleasant and our patients benefit enormously.”

Founded by veterinarian Dr. Marty Becker, the Fear Free training program was developed by board-certified veterinary behaviorists, veterinary technician behavior specialists, board-certified veterinary anesthetists, well-known veterinary practice management experts, and boarded veterinary practitioners experienced in Fear Free methods.

Providing veterinarians with the tools they need to ease this burden of fear and anxiety or 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 and veterinary staff are required to complete a comprehensive, 8-part educational course and exam. They also have to take continuing education to remain certified.

Our clients notice the rubber mats on the slippery table and the many cookie jars, but foremost they are surprised when their little pooch doesn’t react in panic, but can get a thorough examination. It’s been very helpful for the entire process.”

Pet owners who would like their pets to experience the Fear Free difference can schedule an appointment by calling 905-477-2323.


About Dr. Ernst Marsig, Animal Hospital of Unionville.

Dr. Marsig joined the Unionville Veterinary Clinic  in 1992 as a partner and converted it into the Animal Hospital of Unionville in 1996.  He is actively interested in Veterinary Dermatology, Dentistry and Applied Animal Behaviour.  “In a sense, we are really family doctors for the entire family. It is about helping our clients making the best decisions for their pets AND their families. No situation is alike…” Learn more at

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


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