Pets & Pool Safety

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Swimming is one of the most fun activities for a hot summer day, for people and pets! Just keep in mind that your pets need supervision just like your children. When you can’t be outside with them, keep your pool gates closed and locked to prevent unwanted swimmers from entering the area. Help keep your children and pets, and those who live in your neighborhood, safe!

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Today is Take Your Cat to the Vet Day

Did you know that your cat should be in to see us once a year all their life, and sometimes twice a year when they’re over seven years of age? Today is National “Take Your Cat to the Vet” Day—if your cat is due for a visit, call and schedule one today. Regular visits can help your cat live longer, because we can identify and treat problems sooner.

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CHECKLIST FOR A SUCCESSFUL SENIOR CARE PROGRAM

1

Establish the Senior Care Team

TASK OR ASSIGNMENT:
Assigned to Team Member
Completion Date
Determine roles & responsibilities of each member:
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o     Veterinarian
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o     Practice Manager
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o     Technician
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o     Receptionist
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2

Set Senior Care Protocols

TASK OR ASSIGNMENT:
Assigned to Team Member
Completion Date
Set age for recruitment into program
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Create separate canine and feline protocols (refer to AAHA Senior Care Guidelines), including:
twice-a-year wellness exams, complete medical history, physical examination, laboratory work
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3
Complete an Audit of Current Performance
TASK OR ASSIGNMENT:
Assigned to Team Member
Completion Date
Establish current compliance
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o     Dog
o     Cat
Conduct the audit to establish baselines for future comparisons (For assistance in conducting an audit, speak with your Pfizer Account Executive.)
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o     Identify compliance misses
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o     Identify areas for improvement
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o     Identify possibilities for increased revenue
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4

Create the Senior Care Program

TASK OR ASSIGNMENT:
Assigned to Team Member
Completion Date
Name your program
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Establish goals for client participation:
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o     Recommend to ___ clients
o     Enroll ___ clients in program
Determine the plan’s cost to clients
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Create new computer codes for program, if necessary
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Customize client communication tools
o     Recruitment Letter and/or Recruitment Postcard
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Create the Senior Care Program (continued)

TASK OR ASSIGNMENT:
Assigned to Team Member
Completion Date
o     Senior Care Folder with Label, for client to take home with the following materials:
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o      Age Chart for Pets
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o      Symptom Checklists (canine and feline)
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o      Senior Care Health Report Card (canine and feline)
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o      Handouts (for client folder) on variety of feline and canine topics:
·    When is My Dog or Cat Considered a “Senior”?
·    Aging or Illness? Signs of Age-Related Disease in Senior Dogs and Cats
·    The Senior Care Wellness Exam
·    Common Conditions in Senior Dogs and Cats
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o     Reminder postcards for six-month Senior Care Exams
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o     Senior Care Posters for reception area
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o     Add Senior Care information to your website
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5

Consider Staff Training

TASK OR ASSIGNMENT:
Assigned to Team Member
Completion Date
Provide staff seminars on:
o     Client Compliance
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o     Overall Senior Care
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o     Osteoarthritis
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o     Dentistry
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o     Nutrition/Obesity
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o     Behavior/Cognitive Dysfunction
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o     Blood Analysis
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o     How to talk with clients about health care needs of senior pets
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Create a staff resource binder
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6
Track and Measure Participation
TASK OR ASSIGNMENT:
Assigned to Team Member
Completion Date
Track number/percentage of eligible patients enrolled in program
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Track client compliance with Senior Care recommendations
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Begin to compile data on program’s impact on patient longevity
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Track program’s impact on practice revenues
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Reward team members as goals are met
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Pet Travel Safety

Going on an end of summer vacation with your dog? Don’t forget to be prepared to have him or her with you so that they can enjoy the trip too! Remember to pack as much food as your dog will need for the trip, and bring a jug of water with you on the road so they can have a drink if they get thirsty. Keep in mind that more than a few laps of water can be too much for a dog when you have many hours of travel ahead because it can cause a need to use the bathroom or nausea.

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Saturday is National Homeless Animal Day

Have you ever purchased a pet from a shelter? Tomorrow is National Homeless Animal Day, to raise awareness about the many animals that have not yet found their forever homes. We encourage families who are looking to expand to consider checking local shelters…you never know, the pet of your dreams may be sitting there now waiting for you!

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Pets & Hot Pavement

Have you ever thought about the way you hated walking on hot asphalt when you were a kid? As adults, we don’t spend as much time outside barefoot, so it’s easy to forget. We want to remind you that your pet goes outside barefoot every day and can experience this pain. It’s important to limit their time on black asphalt during walks, and when possible, take walks before it’s reached the hot part of the day. 

Pets & Truck Beds

You may sometimes see dogs riding in the beds of pick-up trucks, and it may look like they’re having fun, but it’s extremely dangerous. As pet owners, it’s our job to set boundaries for our pets to ensure their safety. We advise all pet owners to NEVER allow their pet to ride in the back of a pick of truck, as the result could be seriously injury or even death. Be safe! Let your pet ride in the cab with you. 

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Pets & Camping

Are you taking your dog with you on a family camping trip this summer? Don’t forget to be prepared for pet care! It’s important that your pet is up-to-date on parasite prevention and has plenty of food and fresh, filtered or sanitized water to drink at the campground. Also, be prepared for safety by ensuring that your campground of choice allows dogs to visit, and that your dog has a place to sleep, preferably inside the tent where they won’t be bitten by insects or pestered by wild animals! Be safe, and the trip will be that much more fun!

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