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Providing a helping hand to our patients<br />By Kat Bokser CVN<br />
Introduction<br /> Veterinary Nurses are getting more and more involved in the running of the clinic and are becoming well respected members of the community. All this has been achieved by each individual Veterinary Nurse going the extra mile to help clients and their pets. Veterinary nurses will wipe away the tears of a crying pet, hold them tight when they are in pain and worried and hold their paw on the last leg of their journey. Vet nurses are there to hold the clients hand when they are presented with bad news, they are there to carry sick pets to and from cars and they are always there to give support to their clients and pets. <br />
Introduction<br /> With the increasing role of veterinary nurses and better staff levels many clinics have been able to introduce extra services ran by vet nurses. Some of these services include puppy school, weight loss clinics, arthritis clinics, walking clubs etc. <br />The aim of nursing clinics is to create a better bond between clients and clinic and ensure continuity of this bond. <br />I would like to suggest two nursing clinics that are great value with benefits to clients, their pets and the clinic:<br /><ul><li>Cat’s with Diabetes Clinic
Dogs with Heart Disease Clinic</li></ul>To show you how these clinic would be run, I would like to introduce you an outline of the Dogs with Heart Disease clinic.<br />
Introduction<br />Dogs with Heart Disease<br /> Over the past few months while working at Kat’s Pet Hospital I have got to know some of our very precious heart disease patients and learned that they are very special pets and need attention and care. <br />I have developed relationships with these pets and their owners and always look forward to seeing them. <br /> The sensitive nature of heart disease has made me realise that I would like us at Kat’s Hospital give these pets and their owners a helping hand in dealing with heart disease and understanding what heart disease means for their pet. <br />
Dogs with Heart Disease<br />Nursing clinic for Dogs with Heart disease will benefit:<br /><ul><li>Clients
Give clients an opportunity to meet other people whose pets suffer from Heart Disease.
Create a support network for clients with Dogs that suffer from heart disease.
Give clients an opportunity to talk about their concerns about their pets illness with a Qualified Nurse.
Give dogs that suffer from heart disease an opportunity to meet other dogs.
Create a great rapport between clients and clinic staff.
Provide help and support to clients that have dogs with heart disease.
Provide clients with an opportunity to discuss their pets’ medication and pick up their repeat medication.
Create a long lasting bond between clients and clinic.</li></li></ul><li>When and Where?<br />With Kat’s Pet Hospital already successfully running Puppy Preschool and Dog Walking Club there is definitely room to help some of our other patients. <br />I think it would be a great idea to run a support clinic for Dogs with Heart Disease long term which will mean that some patients may be a part of this clinic for a couple of years and we would have new patients joining this group continuously.<br />Location: I would like to run this support clinic at Kat’s Pet Hospital. The most suitable area for this clinic is the waiting area which is well designed for this and similar purposes. During summer months I would like to run the clinic outside in the clinic garden which will be very nice for the dogs.<br />When: I would like to run this clinic every first Thursday of the month. <br />How long: Each clinic will be one hour long. <br />What time: 6.30 p.m. <br />
Cost<br />I would like to provide Dogs with Heart Disease clinic to clients for free. The running costs of this clinic are relatively low. The only expenses will be:<br />Veterinary Nurse’s time<br />Utilising the clinic after-hours<br />Occasional biscuits and tea<br />Dog treats<br />
Sponsors<br /> For best results for Dogs with Heart Disease Clinic I would like to involve some sponsors to help us and the patients.<br />Here are some ideas:<br />Vetmedin is the most prescribed heart medication at Kat’s Pet Hospital and depending on concentration can be very expensive to buy for the client. Because this drug generates a substantial revenue for the clinic and the drug company I think it would be a great idea if this drug company would provide some form of sponsorship for Dogs with Heart Disease clinic. It could be either biscuits, toys or treats or special offers on heart medication.<br />Diurin is the second most often prescribed drug for dogs with heart disease. Although relatively cost effective this drug still adds to the bill the client pays for their dog’s heart medication. <br />Pet food companies would be great sponsors for Dogs with Heart Disease Clinic as well. Most of these patients will already be on good quality senior diets to help prolong the life of their internal organs, bones and cognitive function. <br />
How will all this start?<br /> As a Veterinary Nurse at Kat’s Pet Hospital I already know quite a few of our clients who have dogs with heart disease and I will directly approach them with this idea when they come in for their medication. The rest of the clients will be contacted via phone. There will also be posters up at the waiting area to promote Dogs with Heart Disease Clinic. <br /> Some of our heart disease patients are very old and will be unable to come to the clinic so I will suggest that owners come along anyway as this will be a good opportunity to meet people that are in the same situation as themselves. <br />
What else will be covered at Dogs with Heart Disease clinic?<br /> Along with providing support, help and friendship to clients and their pets during the very last years of their lives, here are some of the other topics that will be covered at Dogs with Heart Disease Clinic:<br /><ul><li>Obesity and weight management
When to say good-bye and dealing with pet loss. </li></li></ul><li>Tip’s story….<br /> Tip came to our clinic when his owner became concerned about Tip’s constant coughing. After a thorough examination Tip was diagnosed with a condition we commonly know as ‘enlarged heart’. His owner said to us that Tip’s enlarged heart was no surprise because Tip didn’t have a bad bone in his body and always had a big and wonderful heart. <br />Tip started his medication straight away and it took a few weeks to work out the best dose rate for him. Although he was no longer able to chase sheep and exchanged his outside kennel to a warm basket inside, he still loved his life and travelled on the back of the truck in and out of town.<br /> After being diagnosed with heart disease Tip went on to spend two more happy years with his family and is now back to chasing sheep…<br />