The pain prevention toolkit

The pain prevention toolkit

Use these free tools to train your team and educate clients about pain prevention in dogs and cats. (With an educational grant provided by Zoetis)
May 01, 2014
By staff

This dvm360 toolkit focuses on pain prevention. The special package of articles, tips, handouts, videos and tools is designed to make it easy for your team to educate pet owners about recognizing, preventing and managing pain in dogs and cats.

The dvm360 toolkitArticles and tips

> Laser therapy: Less pain, more gain
> Pain management: The positive effects on your practice and patients
> Help pets heal
> Ask the expert: Pain in the heart
> Identify your role in pets' pain management
> Take action: Lock in client compliance

Your pain prevention tools

Audio clips
Listen as Drs. Ilona Rodan and Michael Petty discuss how to recognize pain in cats and how to succeed in the business of pain management.
> Anxiety amplifies pain in cats
> Pain prevention in practice is a state of mind
> Outcome measures for pets in pain
> Misconceptions about pet pain
> Assessing cats' pain at home

Sample conversation tree
Use this sample script to help pet owners understand their pet's pain.
> How to discuss chronic pain management

The dvm360 social media marketing kit for pain prevention
Use these pre-written Facebook posts and tweets to help clients understand how to identify and stay on top of painful conditions in pets. (That's right. It's social media outreach made easy!)

These videos touch on pain issues for both cats and dogs, offering practical tips and ideas to pass on to clients who are dealing with pets in pain.
> What can cat owners do to help their cats with chronic pain?
> Controlling OA pain in dogs
> Long-term pain control in cats

Team handout
Use the tips and ideas in this handout to ease the pain and strain of a veterinary visit for a pet.
> 7 steps to make your practice comfortable for pets in pain

Talk back
Does your team do a great job with tick control and prevention? We'd love to share your winning strategies with your colleagues. Did you try one of these tools? We'd love to know what your experience was like. Any other feedback? We're here.

More pain prevention tools ...

Articles and tips
> Opioids: The good, the bad, and the future
> How to ease cat pain. Bonus: It pays.
> Your practice's pain protocol
> The pain's in the purr

A free iPad module on pain prevention for exam room education
If you already have the dvm360 app for iPad, make sure you downloaded the latest update. Then, inside the app, click the tab labeled "Client Education." You'll find a module from dvm360 that's designed to help facilitate conversations with clients in the exam room. Educate and entertain your clients with interactive quizzes, videos and easy-to-process information about pain prevention and management in pets. If you don't yet have the app, download it now using your iPad. Or just search for dvm360 in the iTunes App store.

Image quiz
Make sure you and your team know how to recognize subtle signs of acute, postoperative pain in cats.
> Identifying postoperative pain in cats

Healing pet pain is a team effort. Watch these videos for tips and techniques that both clinicians and technicians can use.
> Electing appropriate pain control
> Four oral regional nerve blocks
> Veterinary technician's role in pain management

Ready-to-use handouts
Take advantage of these handouts to reinforce your message about pain prevention to your clients and your team.
> What you need to know about your pet's pain
> Osteoarthritis in your senior cat: Do you know the signs?
> Signs that indicate pain in pets

Take the next step
Use these four strategies to make a plan for pain prevention and successfully implement it.