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Veterinarian Technician December 2006 (Vol 27, No 12) Focus: Imaging

Tech Tips (December 2006)

by Kurt Grimm, DVM, MS, PhD, DAVCA, DACVCP

    Tip of the Month*

    To make the administration of subcutaneous fluids in cats easier and to keep the patient comfortable, place the animal in the bottom of a clear storage container. The cat will be confined and unable to run away. A small blanket or pad can be placed in the bottom for extra comfort and protection. Clients find this type of box to be beneficial when administering fluids at home.

    Victoria DiTillio

    Rochester, NY

    *Each Tip of the Month contributor receives our new Veterinary Technician® scrub top in addition to $50.

    Tricks of the Trade

    To protect the handpieces on our dental machine, we place an empty 20-ml syringe case over each one. This also keeps smocks from getting caught and torn on the tips of the handpieces.

    Candice Hoerner, CVT

    Columbia Falls, MT

    To inspire your clients to place their overweight pets on the clinic's weight loss program, take "before" and "after" pictures of animals that have completed or are currently participating in the program. Put the pictures in a binder and place it in the waiting room.

    Renee Schillig and Erin Johnson, RVT

    Tucson, AZ

    Bubble wrap provides an excellent layer of insulation at the bottom of chilly metal kennels. Wrap a towel around the bubble wrap to provide added comfort and warmth for post-op patients.

    Lori Davis

    Shoreline, WA

    If you forget whether you need to increase or decrease the kilovoltage for a radio­graph that has come out too dark or too light, remember this simple phrase: Too black, go back; too light, need height.

    Sherry McClanahan, LVT

    Cape Coral, FL

    Client Considerations

    Unless a euthanasia is an emergency, we schedule it as the last morning or afternoon appointment. That way the clinic is quiet, and the client will not feel rushed because we need to use the exam room.

    Pam D'Esopo

    Dedham, MA

    Bond, Human-Animal Bond

    In the October issue, we asked if you had any suggestions for promoting the human-animal bond. Here are some of your ideas:

    We display a Pet-of-the-Month bulletin board in our waiting area that shows cute pictures and tells a heartwarming story. We also send out a quarterly newsletter with useful information, ideas, and tips for clients.

    Tiffany Bates, CVT

    Iron River, WI

    One way I try to develop the bond between clients and their pets is by getting them to do the "pet hug." I show them how to determine if their pet is at a good weight and how to feel for any lumps that should not be there. I also tell clients that their pet would prefer praise and petting as a re­ward instead of food.

    Beth Cameron

    Lindsay, ON, Canada

    Massage therapy brings owners and pets very close. Massage is especially good for geriatric pets with arthritis pain. It can also be used with puppies and kittens so they get used to your touch, which will make for easier manicures and baths in the future.

    Kristen Kawalec, LVT

    West Seneca, NY

    I think one great way to promote the human-animal bond with dogs is to recommend interactive training classes (ideally at the puppy stage). The client will learn more about how dogs think and work. The more time the owner spends with the dog, the more bonding occurs. With cats, I recommend that clients use plenty of interactive toys and spend quality time with the pet.

    Dana Johnston-Smith

    Seattle, WA

    NEXT: The "Rewards" of Positive Reinforcement

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