Putting local human hospitals to work for your veterinary practice

Putting local human hospitals to work for your veterinary practice

Your local human hospital's lab and pharmacy can save you time and money. Here's how.

If you run a practice that sees daytime or after-hours toxicology emergencies, you may have overlooked an important ally—your local human hospital.

Many human hospitals have full labs that can run diagnostics that you can’t, and they keep medication and products in stock that you can purchase as needed. But to take advantage of this time- and money-saving resource, you need to do some legwork ahead of time to know who to call and what is available.

Lab tests

Each hospital is different. Call to speak to the hospital’s lab and/or pharmacy manager to find out what your local hospital offers. Here are a few tests we’ve recommended at Pet Poison Helpline that local human hospitals often offer:

> Serum ethylene glycol concentrations

> Serum iron level

> Acetaminophen (APAP) levels

Drugs and procedures

> Methocarbamol

> Pamidronate disodium

> Injectable acetylcysteine

> Chelation agents

> Pralidoxime

> Intralipid emulsion

> Hyperbaric chamber treatment

When your toxicology case comes in, your pharmacy and lab equipment don’t have to be your only resource.

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)

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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.