Chip away resistance

Chip away resistance

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Jan 01, 2008

For clients who believe their pet won't get lost or feel a collar and tag sufficiently identify their pet, Paige Phillips, RVT, a Firstline Editorial Advisory Board member, suggests sharing these examples of how a microchip can save the day—and their pet's life:

  • Collars and tags can be easily removed—purposefully and by accident.
  • At an emergency veterinary hospital, doctors and team members can stabilize the patient, provide pain relief, and bandage wounds without input from the owner. But, if an animal requires additional treatment, it might be euthanized if the team can't contact an owner to authorize further care. Of course, they exhaust all other efforts first, says Phillips, Director of Nursing at Veterinary Specialty Hospital of the Carolinas in Cary, N.C.
  • The registered contact information for microchips is often easily updated with one phone call or online visit. And even if the information is out-of-date, the registered name can still be helpful.
  • "Microchips make team members' jobs easier," says Phillips. "We positively identify more pets and reunite them with their owners, and animal control euthanizes fewer pets."

Proceedings papers for techs

The very best behavior advice for new puppy owners (Proceedings)

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The entire hospital staff should play a role in the counseling of new puppy owners.

The technician's role creating a behavior centered veterinary practice (Proceedings)

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A focus on pet behavior in the veterinary clinic is an excellent practice builder.

Trying times--dealing with canine adolescent dog (Proceedings)

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A behavior wellness exam is an opportunity to check up on a pet’s behavioral health and answer any related questions a client may have.

Enriching geriatric patients' lives (Proceedings)

CVC IN SAN DIEGO PROCEEDINGS

An important time for practices to include a behavioral exam is when a pet becomes a senior.

Tubes and tracheas--all about endotracheal tubes and lesions in difficult intubations (Proceedings)

CVC IN SAN DIEGO PROCEEDINGS

Endotracheal tubes are usually made from silicone, polyvinyl chloride (PVC) plastic or red rubber.