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Tips / Q&A - Veterinary Technicians
Tips / Q&A
If you work in a shelter and have a dog with a happy tail, you can take a 60cc syringe casing, take off the closed end, fit it on the tail and tape it in place. The dog then taps the plastic on the wall and not the tail. Leave the other end open for air flow and healing.
~Staci F., Fallbrook, Calif.
We have a bulletin board in our waiting room to inform and entertain our clients. We cover dental months, heartworm and lyme disease, fecal exams and national veterinary technician week.
~Kimberly L., Lowville, N.Y.
In order to not forget those monthly, bimonthly, semiannual or annual duties around the hospital, write them on a centrally located calendar at the beginning of the year and check the calendar weekly.
~Jennifer L., Freedom, Wis.
We have dental promotions twice yearly in our practice. During this time we offer 10 percent off of the dental procedure and a free bag of a patient-specific home care product. We purchased a digital camera and printing dock for the practice, and we take before and after photos of the pet's mouth and give those to the owner so they can truly see the difference. Compliance thereafter has been amazing. The owners can now see why dental procedures are important.
~Tonna K., Davie, Fla.
For dogs eating Prescription Diet® z/d® pet food, you can freeze z/d® canned product as treats. Roll a small ball of it and stick it in the freezer. When they get a nice tough shell, take them out of the freezer and they will be nice and crunchy on the outside and chewy on the inside.
~Olivia L., Brandon, Miss.
When we are giving vaccines, trimming nails or doing any other new and potentially upsetting activity, we have tongue depressors with a small amount of frozen Prescription Diet® a/d® pet food made into popsicles to distract them during the activity. The popsicles also create a positive experience with these activities so as they grow older, the pets don't fear the activities as much.
~Cindy M., Ganesville, Fla.
Schedule your dog's yearly check up and blood work when you schedule your own.
~Brandy A., Hamilton, Ill.
We reuse our IV bags as urinary bags for cats with FLUTD. It works really great because you can monitor urine output and the color of the urine.
~Lora P., Farmington, W.Va.
When a DVM is performing urethral hydropulsion, mix 1 part 2%Lidocaine to 10 parts 0.9%NaCl. This will help reduce urethral spasms and will provide a little analgesia to the irritated urethra.
~Renaud H., Rochelle, Va.
We started our overweight clinic cats on Prescription Diet® r/d® Feline and tracked their progress on a biggest loser chart posted in the waiting room. Our clients loved to see their progress and even wanted their own pets to join in!
~Kimberly L., Lowville, N.Y.
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