The tick control toolkit

The tick control toolkit

Use these free tools to train your team and educate clients about tick control and parasite prevention for pets. (With an educational grant provided by Merck Animal Health)
Mar 01, 2014
By staff

This dvm360 toolkit focuses on tick control. The special package of articles, tips, handouts and other tools is designed to make it easy for your team to educate pet owners about the importance of tick control and parasite prevention.

The dvm360 toolkitArticles and tips

> Testing for vector-borne pathogens in dogs: The best use of diagnostic panels
> Parasite control scenario: What would you do?
> Bring new life to parasite prevention
> Tips to tackle tough tick talks

Your tick control tools

The dvm360 social media marketing kit for tick control
Use these pre-written Facebook posts and tweets to educate your clients about the need for tick control and prevention. (That's right. It's social media outreach made easy!)

A free iPad module on tick control 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—packed with interactive features, such as a tick identifier, life cycle information and videos about why parasite control really matters. If you don't yet have the app, download it now using your iPad. Or just search for dvm360 in the iTunes App store.

Client communication tool
Take control of the conversation by keeping these simple tips in mind:
> Dig deeper when clients decline parasite preventives

Watch Dr. Mike Paul discuss the importance of parasite control for pets. Then, post this video on your practice website:
> Why parasite control really matters

Ready-to-use client handouts
These handouts help reinforce the education you and your team deliver in person. Just click, print and give to clients.
> Parasites: What's your role?
> Build your team's protocol
> Create a tick-free zone
> Life cycle: Ticks
> 7 myths about Lyme disease

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 tick control tools ...

Articles and tips
> What you should know about cytauxzoonosis
> Don't get ticked at ticks—get even
> Lyme disease: How to keep pets—and your veterinary clients—safe
> Go for the gross factor

The dvm360 social media marketing kit for tick control
> Facebook posts and tweets

Patient care pointers
Use these tips to help you prepare a readable blood smear to identify Cytauxzoon felis, which is transmitted by ticks:
> Identifying parasites on blood smears

Team meeting guide
Review these tips during your next team meeting to make parasite control messages stick with your clients:
> Make your meeting matter

Ready-to-use client handouts
> Myths vs. facts: The truth about ticks
> Lyme disease and your dog
> Tackling tick talks across the map

Take the next step
Use these five strategies to keep your team's enthusiasm for tick control and prevention high.