Curing Disease With Hashtags & Push Notifications

Posted by Matt DiFazio on Aug 2, 2016 1:30:55 PM

When Banfield’s State of Pet Health 2015 was released, it shed light on some worrying statistics. Beyond reflecting the general decline in the use of veterinary services (dogs averaged 1.5 visits in 2006, down from a mean of 1.9 visits in 2001), it suggested that veterinarians and pet owners are increasingly operating on two totally different wavelengths, with our conversation topics and vocabulary diverging sharply from the common concerns of pet owners.

While the majority of veterinarians want to speak about vaccines, spay/neuter, & parasite control, pet owners are most concerned with their pet's diet, exercise, play, and emotional well-being. These differences are creating less schedule routine visits, more emergency situations, and more pet owners seeking Dr. Google.

There’s two ways we can apply this information. Either veterinary professionals must change their rhetoric to match the expectations of their clients, or we need to do a better job educating the public about why we advocate for preventative medicine like antiparasitics, dental cleanings, and vaccine protocols.

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Topics: Grow Your Veterinary Practice, Millennials in veterinary medicine, Pet Health

VitusVet Partners with Pet Poison Helpline to Offer Life-saving Information to Pet Owners and Veterinary Professionals

Posted by Liz Thoms on Jun 28, 2016 11:00:00 AM

VitusVet has partnered with Pet Poison Helpline to implement a one-touch call button, and make their entire database of veterinary toxins available for free to app users, hoping that knowledge of poisons will help save pets’ lives.

Columbia, Maryland - VitusVet, a mobile app solutions provider, has partnered with Pet Poison Helpline, a 24/7 animal poison control center, to give pet owners and veterinary professionals access to potentially lifesaving information from an app on their mobile phones. Pet Poison Helpline has managed over one million cases since its inception over 12 years ago, and provides treatment advice for poisoning cases of all species, including dogs, cats, birds, small mammals, large animals, and exotic species. Both VitusVet and Pet Poison Helpline share the common goal to improve the health and well-being of pets, and the partnership will allow both companies to save even more lives in an innovative, and always accessible manner.

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Topics: Pet Health, Press Releases

Lost And Found: The Importance Of Pet Identification

Posted by VitusVet on May 31, 2016 2:05:49 PM

Each year, over 10 million pets are lost or stolen in the United States. Even with our best efforts to keep our pets safe and secure in our homes and yards, situations can change in an instant and things can quickly go awry.

Keeping our pets safe is about more than just trying to contain them in our homes and yards. Outfit your pets with proper pet identification at all times can go a long way toward preventing the heartbreak of losing a pet. 

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Topics: Pet Health

Bloat in Dogs:  An Emergency Like None Other

Posted by VitusVet on May 9, 2016 7:17:15 PM

There are emergencies, and then there are pet emergencies. Bloat in dogs is one of those situations that take precedence to almost any other urgent situation in an animal emergency room. Untreated, it is deadly. Even with aggressive care, many dogs who suffer from this condition will not have a good outcome.

The key to beating bloat is recognizing and treating it quickly. So do you know what bloat in dogs looks like and what you should do if you thought your pet was in trouble?

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Topics: Pet Health

The Whys and Wherefores of Diagnostics: Analyzing Healthy Pet Baseline Values

Posted by VitusVet on Apr 14, 2016 8:01:21 PM

It’s easy to appreciate that veterinary diagnostics can highlight the source of an ailment – and when revealed in time, treatments are more effective. From determining the cause of illness to ruling out certain diseases, testing illuminates what is truly going on with your pet. It makes sense to rely on testing for a sick pet, but why concede to certain tests when your pet is the embodiment of health?

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Topics: Pet Health