The tick control toolkit

The tick control toolkit

Ticks, man! These creepy bloodsuckers are responsible for more diseases and they're now found in more places than ever. How to deal? Here's your go-to package of tick control tools. (With an educational grant provided by Zoetis)
Apr 11, 2016
By staff

A tick's slogan should be: Have mouth parts, will travel. But never fear! This exclusive 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 prevention.

Expert articles:
Dr. Flea (aka Michael Dryden, DVM, MS, PhD) talks ticks
2016 tick update: Populations are spreading!
What you should know about cytauxzoonosis

Video tools:
> It's time to get in tick-top shape: CAPC Tick of the Month round up
> Veterinary parasitologist and savvy CVC speaker Dr. Richard Gerhold gives the low-down on these burrowing bloodsuckers. 

Team tips:
Tips for talking to clients about ticks
> Parasites: What's your role in the clinic?

Handouts and team tools:
> Understanding the tick life cycle
ID ticks with this tool
Human symptoms of tickborne illness
> Help pet owners protect themselves against tickborne disease

Sample script:
Ticks in the city

Audio tools:
> Hey, pet owner: What do you have in common with your dog? You're a host.


More tick tools!!
Articles and tips
> Scientists find uncommon virus in southeast U.S. ticks
> Have you had the tick talk with clients?
> Tackling ticks across the map
> Boost clients tick IQ
> The invisible threat

Ticks in 2015: An infographic
Is there a communication gap between veterinary professionals and pet owners when it comes to ticks? New data points to yes.

> The tick that's a high-elevation risk
> The tick that wants to be a flea
> The tick designed to make you scream
> The tick that's a large, aggressive bully

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.
> 7 things everyone should know about ticks
> 10 steps to prevent zoonotic disease
> Help pet owners protect themselves: An overview of U.S. tick-borne diseases

Tick education: What's your role (plus a sample script)
Learn how the whole team can work together to educate pet owners about ticks and tick-borne disease threats to help protect pets and their owners. Plus, get a sample script to help technicians put the freeze on parasites.

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

Tick trivia—test yourself
Test your knowledge of these little suckers and the diseases they transmit.

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.

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
> 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
> 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

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

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
> Parasites: What's your role?
> Build your team's protocol
> Create a tick-free zone
> Life cycle: Ticks
> 7 myths about Lyme disease

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