The dvm360 heartworm prevention toolkit
This toolkit delivers team training, free client handouts, exam room education strategies and more, all designed to make it as easy as possible for veterinarians and their teams to discuss heartworm disease with clients and promote year-round prevention in dogs and cats. (With an educational grant provided by Zoetis)
The latest research indicates that the number of dogs diagnosed with heartworm disease in the United States has risen by 21 percent in recent years. The higher incidence rate, combined with climate and environmental changes and the relocation of heartworm-infected dogs means that prevention strategies are more important than ever.
We curated a selection of articles, tips, tools and resources suitable for the entire veterinary team to help you educate pet owners-of both dogs and cats-on the importance of year-round heartworm prevention. Consider it your go-to package for the year as you work to keep pets safe, healthy and heartworm-free.
> Do your heartworm protocols need an update? Consider this your reminder postcard.
> Heartworm prevention: Don't take 'no' for an answer
> Longer days, more vegetation. Spring is coming: Are you ready for parasite season?
Protecting cats: Video tools
> An update on heartworm disease and HARD in cats
Special report: Relocated dogs
> An algorithm from the AHS to minimize heartworm transmission in relocated dogs
Better client communication
> Counter costs concerns with heartworm treatment
> 3 simple strategies to talk heartworms
> How to handle concerns about the price of heartworm prevention
> How to stop breeding resistant heartworms
> Arm yourself against mosquito vectors
> Suspicious of heartworm preventive resistance? Here's how to put it to the test.
> The questionable zero mosquito factor (because even areas with fewer mosquitoes can be hotbeds of heartworm infection)
> Heartworm prevention: "Oops! I missed a dose!"
> The reminder quagmire: Why and how not to let clients skip a dose again
> Answers to 3 common price questions about parasite preventives
Better client compliance
> Handout: Have a heart! How to protect your pet from heartworms
> Handout: 4 reasons why your dog needs a yearly heartworm test
> Heartworm disease: Do your clients understand the risk?
> 7 fun (and not so fun) facts about mosquitoes
Dog in a box: Battle boredom with comfortable quiet time
> Here's how to help dogs (and their owners) survive confinement during treatment for heartworm disease
Posts and tweets
Sample client education script
Prep your team members to discuss heartworm disease and stress the importance of preventives with this script and role-play exercise.
Team meeting tool
Use this informational poster to remind clients about the cost of prevention over treatment.
Take advantage of these handouts to reinforce your message about heartworm disease. Just click, print and hand to pet owners.
More articles and tips
More from the dvm360 social media marketing kit for heartworm disease
Use these pre-written Facebook posts and tweets to educate your clients about heartworm disease and the importance of year-round prevention. (That's right. It's social media outreach made easy!)
Does your team do a great job discussing the importance of heartworm 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.