Veterinarian sings to pets to calm them down before medical procedures

Posted at 7:20 PM, Feb 25, 2018
and last updated 2018-02-25 19:20:49-05

SHOREWOOD, WI (WDJT/CNN) - One veterinarian knows how to strike the right note before treating his patients.

There is a vet clinic in Shorewood, north of Milwaukee, that is unlike any other.

Dr. Noah Arnold takes good care of his patients, of course. Then, the guitar comes out.

"I'll often play a song for these guys. It just helps them get relaxed. Helps me get relaxed. Helps you get relaxed," he explained.

He spent years working in typical veterinary clinics. But Arnold is not your typical vet.

As he prepared dogs and cats for a full day of teeth cleanings and surgeries, his assistants did the shots and he sets the mood.

"It was something I never could do working at a corporate practice. But I'm sitting on the floor playing songs to these animals really mellows them," Arnold said.

Arnold said he's jumped from 200 to 2,000 patients in a year with more every day.

"I think it's really refreshing for people. I think they sense the fact that it's genuine, that it isn't just a show," office manager Janet Arnold said.

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