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Veterinarian Technician January 2012 (Vol 33, No 1)

Tech Tips

    Calmer Checkouts

    Checkout time can be difficult for clients who are “juggling” one or more pets, small children, medications to take home, and home-care instructions. To help, we offer to check clients out at the end of the appointment in the examination room. With this option, clients can concentrate on discussing home-care instructions, scheduling the follow-up appointment, and paying the bill without having to worry about their pet escaping, their children wandering off, or missing important information. Our clients are very appreciative of this service.
    Denise DeCarlo
    Noah’s Brandywine Animal Healthcare Center
    Greenfield, Indiana

    That’s a Wrap ... for Fractious Cats

    Wrapping claws

    When a feline patient is fractious, we restrain its claws by wrapping the front feet loosely with self-adherent bandaging. We usually wrap the cat's body in a towel and wrap the front (and occasionally the rear) feet in the bandaging (as is done after declaws). The cats seem to respond very well, and if they do swat us, it does not hurt. Leaving a bit of extra wrap at the end can serve as a tab for easy removal.
    Sabrina L. Vanone, BS, AS, LVT, RVT
    Internal Medicine Clinical Technician
    North Carolina State University
    Veterinary Health Complex

    Raleigh, North Carolina

    Smoother Extubations

    When patients have been under anesthesia (especially for long procedures), their tongues can get dry. While waking them up, I moisten the tongue with a small amount of water (e.g., a moist gauze sponge), which makes it easier for them to swallow and reposition the tongue correctly. Because anesthetized patients can’t swallow well, they can aspirate liquid if given too much by mouth. The small amount of water I use doesn’t cause choking or make the patient panic, and extubation goes more smoothly when the mouth is moist.
    Beth Lyles, RVT
    Lindsay, Ontario, Canada

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