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The pain prevention toolkit
Use these free tools to train your team and educate veterinary clients about pain prevention in dogs and cats. (With an educational grant provided by Vétoquinol)

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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
> 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

Your pain prevention tools

The dvm360 social media marketing kit for pain prevention
Use these pre-written Facebook posts and tweets to educate your clients about recognizing and preventing pain and discomfort in their furry friends. (That's right. It's social media outreach made easy!)

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.

Sample client education script
Prep your team members to discuss chronic pain management in pets with this script and role-play exercise.
> Sample script: How to discuss chronic pain management

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

Videos
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. Just click, print and hand them out or post them in your clinic.
> 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
Of course, the whole point is to get these tools and ideas into action so your team can discuss pain prevention with clients and help them understand how to recognize and manage their pet's discomfort. Use these four strategies to make a plan and successfully implement it.

Talk back
Does your team do a great job discussing the importance of pain prevention with pet owners? 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? Let us know.

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