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Making Life Easier

Making Life Easier

by Dr. Carla Case-... on Sun, 05/06/2012 - 9:23am

Submitted by Lisa A. Yackel, CVPM, PHR

Hospital Administrator at Case Veterinary Hospital

 

I don’t know about you, but I find that no matter how hard I work to try and organize my life these days, I find myself falling miserably behind.  We laugh at all of the “gadgets” and “apps” we have to remind us but the reality is that I have so much going on that I get the reminder and then still forget if I did the to do item or not. 

In our world, we talk to clients daily about being compliant with our recommendations and we try to give them the gadgets and apps to remind them to give the prescribed medication.  We do so knowing how hard it is for them to be diligent even with the best of intentions.  Some things are easier to remember than others.  Flea control preventatives have a pretty high compliance rate because clients see fleas and know that they have failed to give the medication.  That is not the case with heartworm disease.  Clients don’t know their pet has contracted heartworms until we do the annual blood test or until the pet becomes symptomatic.    We often times can tell just from the purchasing history that doses have been skipped throughout the year and that the pet has been at risk for heartworms.  With over thirty years of monthly preventatives being on the market, we are still experiencing an increase in heartworm disease in the last few years versus a decrease.

Last week we had an educational meeting for our healthcare team on the safety and use of Proheart, an injectable heartworm prevention.     This product is only for dogs under 7 years of age (unless they have used the product previously), but it gives us another tool to help make our client’s job a little easier in keeping up with our recommendations.  Lasting for six months, there is no need to have to remember to give the monthly tablet or chewy.    Heartworm disease is a serious, potentially fatal illness that is also costly to treat once diagnosed.  We know that only 51% of pet owners successfully follow the veterinarian’s recommended regimen for prevention.  We know how challenging it is even for the most well-intentioned and conscientious clients.  Heck, I know how challenging it is for me and I preach it every day to others.  Tomorrow, Jake has an appointment to come in for his Proheart injection.  It seems like he just got his last one yesterday but I know from my e-mail reminder and my postcard reminder that it was in fact, six months ago.  I love the peace of mind I have knowing that I have not missed any doses in the 6 months.  I know this is a great product that makes my life a little easier without compromising on the end result-keeping Jake healthy and heartworm free.  If you want that peace of mind also, please be sure to ask if Proheart is right for your dog. 

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