No Retractable Leash Policy

No Retractable Leash Policy

Why We’re Rejecting Retractables

We feel strongly that retractable leashes are dangerous for you, your dog, other patients and their owners.

Here’s why:

• Longer length means less control and more danger for your dog Dogs are likely to wander, be more fearful, unpredictable and make unwanted contact with other pets and people. The unwieldy length means you have less control over your dog, and the built-in locks tend to break and wear our quickly, especially if you have a dog that pulls.

• The leash can cut, burn or even amputate fingers Gabbing the leash or getting tangled in it as it reels out or retracts can lead to serious injuries.

• Retractable leashes are not reliable for controlling dogs around other pets In small spaces such as our waiting area, a roaming dog on a retractable leash can be stressful or threatening to other animals, especially cats. Even healthy and friendly dogs may not be receptive to another dog running up to say “hello”.

• Retractable leashes actually encourage your dog to pull Over time, your pet will figure out that the more they pull, the more lead they get.

• Retractable leash handles are bulky The big plastic handles can be more easily pulled from your hand, as well as hurt or frighten your pet when it comes hurling towards them.

• The thinner cords can break, tear or fray Even a smaller dog can be quite powerful when it takes off running, and the cords on retractable leashes can easily snap, putting your pet in danger. Constant retracting also weakens the strength of the cord as it continuously rubs against the handle.

As of Monday, November 22nd, 2021, Airport Veterinary Clinic will implement a Non-Retractable Leash Policy in our facility. If you accidentally forget to bring one or do not have another option, our staff will be happy to provide you with a slip lead to use during the duration of your visit at AVC.

For the protection of your pet, you, other clients and staff members, we ask that…

All dogs be on a non-retractable leash and properly controlled while in the parking area, Lobby, and exam room.

All cats be presented in an appropriate cat carrier or on a leash.

Dr. Holscher, Dr. Lowdermilk and the entire staff of Airport Veterinary Clinic want all of our patients and their people to have a happy and safe experience. If you have questions about this policy, please don’t hesitate to give us a call at 812-877-3087. We appreciate your understanding and cooperation.

Airport Veterinary Clinic

1274 State Road 46

Terre Haute, Indiana, 47803

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