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Veterinarian Technician June 2013 (Vol 34, No 6)

Tech Tips

    Organizing Elizabethan Collars

    We found that an over-the-door towel rack works great at keeping Elizabethan collars neat and organized.

    Organizing Elizabethan Collars
    Brooklin-Page Bray
    Babcock Hills Veterinary Hospital
    San Antonio, Texas

    Getting a Hospitalized Cat to Eat

    I work in a very busy emergency and specialty hospital, and I’m usually the one called to get a cat to eat, even if it is not my patient. Here are the tricks I use:
    • Cater to the cat’s senses: use warm food when possible.
    • Make eating the cat’s idea: put some food on the cat’s paw and nose. Most cats have to be clean, so putting food on them drives them crazy enough to lick it off.
    • Cater to the cat: take time to hand feed and pamper the cat. Most cats enjoy this, especially when they’re sick.
    • Make the cat feel good: wash its face with warm wet gauze squares, mimicking a cat’s natural bathing pattern (don’t forget the ears). This relaxes cats and builds their trust in you.
    Raena Lorio

    Getting a Hospitalized Cat to Eat

    To get a hospitalized cat to eat, feed the cat’s usual food and give the cat privacy by temporarily placing a blanket or towel over the front of its kennel.
    Lindsey Frandrup
    Parker, Colorado

    Attaching Files to Kennel Doors

    Inexpensive S hooks can be used to attach files and clipboards to kennel doors so that patient files stay with the patient.
    Tammy MacLeod, RVT, VTS (ECC)
    Moncton, New Brunswick, Canada

    Handling Fractious Cats

    Before placing IV catheters in fractious cats, we wrap their feet with a temporary self-adhesive bandage to protect the staff from scratches.
    Tiffany Brown, RVT
    Chateau Veterinary Hospital
    Kenner, Louisiana

    Labeling Patient Cages

    We use dry-erase cards to label patients’ cages. Each card includes the patient’s name, the doctor's name, and a list of the patient’s belongings. When patients are discharged, we flip the cards to the other side, which reads, "To be cleaned."
    Isabelle Cormier, RVT
    Grey Cove Veterinary Health Centre
    New Brunswick, Canada

    Making Disposable Litterboxes

    We recycle low-sided cardboard boxes (from cases of canned dog/cat food) as disposable litterboxes, especially for patients with contagious diseases.
    Heather Riggs, BA, CVT
    Broadview University—Orem
    Orem, Utah

    NEXT: Case Report: A Pug With Dyspnea: Stuck Between a Rock and a Hard Place