Veterinary Medicine Essentials: Fleas

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Veterinary Medicine Essentials: Fleas

Each Veterinary Medicine Essentials package covers diagnostic steps, treatment plan guidance and the latest updates, plus resources to share with your entire veterinary team and your clients.
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Dec 06, 2016
By dvm360.com staff

Look at that fellow, right over there bigger than life. Such a tiny thing (when it's actual size) can become a huge problem fast. Below we've gathered the latest updates on flea invasion, discussions on prevention, ways to eradicate infestations, how to gain client compliance with preventives and more. Now say goodbye to this fellow and his kin for good.

Updates on fleas

How to get 100% compliance on flea, tick and heartworm preventives

Sep 13, 2016

OK... maybe not 100%. But these five strategies can help increase client compliance with parasite prevention products. ...

 

Parasite compliance—there's a hack for that.

Aug 03, 2016

Put parasite woes to rest with these client education and communication tips, as well as a few ideas to make those fecal exams stink less. Literally. ...

 

Sample script: Natural flea and tick repellants

Jan 27, 2016

Naturally clients have questions about the essential products they use for their own healthcare. Use this script to talk about natural products. ...

 

Figure this: Fleas

Jun 24, 2015

Fleas are frustrating, for all involved. But we wonder, is there a communication gap between practitioners and clients that could be making the fight against fleas even worse? ...

 

Video: Flea hideouts in the house

Mar 23, 2015

Parasitology expert Michael Dryden, DVM, MS, PhD, reveals prime hideouts for fleas—and gives tips to clear them out of clients' homes for good. ...

 

Flea and tick preventive update

Mar 17, 2015

Oral product may prove easier for dog owners. ...

 

Parasitic concerns: Mind the gap!

Jan 19, 2015

New research from CAPC compares veterinarians' and pet owners' concerns about various parasites. ...

Detection of fleas

Audio: Wild ones to watch for

 

Parasitology expert Michael Dryden, DVM, MS, PhD, shares which species of wildlife are a threat to the pets in your clients' backyards. ...

 

The importance of taking a complete dermatologic history

 

And how to do it right—including a comprehensive downloadable client history form. ...

 

Use a flea comb to catch clients' attention about parasites

 

Having trouble getting through to your clients about parasite protection? Give them an up-close look at fleas in the exam room. ...

Control and prevention of fleas

The frustrating and sordid history of the Great Flea War

 

Although the level of invasion is down drastically compared with the past, we've yet to conquer this tiny foe. Once more unto the breach, troops! ...

 

Not fleas again?!

 

If you're tired of fleas, just imagine how your poor creeped-out veterinary clients feel facing the devil's jumping beans. One more time, doctors, with gusto: Let's go get those blood suckers! ...

 

Focus on residual activity: Case study data reveal a clearer flea control picture

 

A dog in Tampa, Fla., had a severe flea infestation. An area flea-counting system was used to evaluate pet flea counts. ...

 

A case for year-round flea control

 

Dr. Byron Blagburn discusses how the control of fleas and flea-induced diseases requires a considerable effort by both pet owners and veterinarians. ...

 

How you and your clients can win the flea control battle

 

Why do fleas sometimes persist in an environment even when you think you and your client are doing everything right? ...

Associated conditions

 

Facts about flea allergy dermatitis

 

When clients complain that their pets are itchy despite the use of parasite preventives, help them understand the true cause of the symptoms. ...

 

Flea-associated illnesses in cats

 

Learn how to recognize, test for, treat, and prevent Bartonella and Mycoplasma species infections in cats. ...

 

Help veterinary clients get a handle on hot spots

 

It's important to warn pet owners that those unsightly wounds often signal an underlying issue—and getting to the root of the problem is critical. ...

 

An overview of cestode infections in dogs and cats

 

Careful attention is needed both to prevent tapeworm infections and to ensure prompt, effective treatment when infections do occur. ...

 

Teen’s death renews concerns about plague

 

Taylor Gaes of Larimer County, Colorado, died of the plague in June. ...

Client education

Clinic poster: Don't lose the war on fleas!

 

Proudly display this poster to prompt your veterinary clients to ask about the array of flea preventives you offer. ...

 

Handout: Why flea preventives are just worth it

 

Convincing clients to invest in flea preventives BEFORE they spy a flea can be a touchy subject. Prevent the conversation from becoming too prickly with this handout. ...

 

Interactive feature: The fast-paced life of fleas

 

Help veterinary clients understand how one flea turns into thousands. ...

 

Client handout: If you've been infested

 

Tell your pet owners not to panic and follow these tips to handle a dreaded flea infestation. ...

 

Filling in the knowledge gaps: A client handout about fleas

 

Don’t let clients jump to conclusions when it comes to fleas. Give them these handouts to clear up any confusion. ...

 

Client handout: Top 10 flea myths

 

Use this handout to debunk common myths about fleas and flea control. ...

 

5 facts about fleas and pets' skin

 

The lowdown on flea allergy dermatitis ...

 

Flea and tick life cycles

 

These handouts give your clients a better understanding of how flea and tick populations develop. ...

Arming your team

Answers to 3 common price questions about flea, tick and heartworm preventives

 

Consider these scripts when fielding questions from veterinary clients about the cost of flea, tick and heartworm preventives. ...

 

Power up your veterinary clients' efforts for flea prevention

 

Sure, you've heard all the excuses and you've heard enough flea and tick talks that you feel burned out. But don't give up—here are tips to power up parasite education in your practice. ...

 

Leap over clients' flea control barriers

 

Are your veterinary clients not buying flea preventives to protect their pets? You don't have to buy their excuses. ...

 

Humor: Roll your eyes: The “indoor-only” cat has fleas

 

Enjoy this tongue-in-cheek "tip" on how to handle cat owners, because while the eye roll may not be the most effective client education tool out there, it may be the most satisfying. ...

 

Sample conversation tree: Flea and tick talks, deconstructed

 

When clients complain that their flea and tick preventives just don't work like they used to, use your investigative powers to ask the right questions to uncover any application errors and discuss next steps. ...

 

The flea control toolkit

 

Do you suffer from flea fatigue? Just imagine how your poor, grossed-out clients feel. Win the war on fleas with these tools and resources! (With an educational grant provided by Zoetis) ...

 

The top 10 barriers to successfully preventing fleas

 

Don't let clients be fooled by fleas! Take 20 minutes in your next team meeting to discuss each of these barriers to flea prevention—and make a plan for better client communication about these pesky parasites. ...

 

Audio: The harsh reality: Where did that flea come from?

 

Parasitology expert Michael Dryden, DVM, MS, PhD, discusses the tricky conversation you have to have with pet owners to help them understand the flea life cycle and get a handle on the situation at home. ...