Osteoarthritis: What's your role in the veterinary practice?

Osteoarthritis: What's your role in the veterinary practice?

Follow the tools here and on the next pages to see how each team member can improve your client education.
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Mar 01, 2013
By dvm360.com staff

Receptionist:


How wellness care saves money.
When pet owners visit your practice, pass out the client handout "How wellness care saves money." Spend a few minutes reviewing the example of how preventive care to reduce a pet's obesity and maintain a healthy weight is not only good for the pet, it also saves money.

Technicians and veterinary assistants:


Senior wellness report card
As you record the pet's history and the doctor's exam findings, complete the "Senior wellness report card" to create a full picture of the pet's health. You can send a copy home with clients and keep a copy for your medical record. This offers pet owners reminders about your recommendations to help keep their pets more comfortable.

Practice manager:


Manage pets’ pain
At your next team meeting, share the articles "Manage pets' pain" and "Take the 'ouch' out of osteoarthritis" to teach team members how they play a role in improving arthritic pets' quality of life. Ask each team member to share one thing they can do to make the practice more old-pet-friendly.

Veterinarian:


Adjusting to arthritis
When you make a diagnosis of osteoarthritis, offer support for clients by sharing the handout, "Adjusting to arthritis." This handout will help your clients track changes in their arthritic pet's clinical signs, lifestyle, and treatment plan.

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 patient's lives (Proceedings)

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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)

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